Aero­screen failed FIA test

Pro­tec­tion de­vice was un­suc­cess­ful

Motor Sport News - - Headline News - By Stephen Lick­o­r­ish Pho­tos: LAT

The FIA will favour the halo cock­pit pro­tec­tion sys­tem over the Red Bull-made aero­screen for 2017, af­ter it failed to pass re­cent gov­ern­ing body tests.

The halo was given the go ahead by the tech­ni­cal reg­u­la­tions work­ing group last month, with time con­straints in de­vel­op­ing Red Bull’s aero­screen con­cept given as part of the rea­son for tak­ing that di­rec­tion.

But MN’S sis­ter ti­tle Au­tosport has learned that be­fore the meet­ing, the FIA con­ducted its own tests. While Red Bull re­leased a video of a wheel be­ing pro­pelled at the de­vice, the FIA’S tests were not as suc­cess­ful. A source said that the tests “didn’t go as well as ex­pected” and showed “fur­ther de­vel­op­ment is needed”.

It was found that if a car were to be in­volved in an ac­ci­dent, the hel­met would col­lide with the rim of the aero­screen with the re­sult­ing g- forces sig­nif­i­cantly higher.

There were also ques­tions over the ro­bust­ness of the screen, leav­ing the halo as the only op­tion.

The aero­screen idea has not been aban­doned though and could be in­tro­duced in 2018. But there are also con­cerns over the halo. Some feel that it is be­ing rushed through and that the in­tro­duc­tion of cock­pit pro­tec­tion should be de­layed un­til the fol­low­ing sea­son when a bet­ter so­lu­tion is found.

Fur­ther tests on the halo will be car­ried out later this month af­ter up­grades to the de­vice to make it more stream­lined than the orig­i­nal pro­to­type. If it passes these, the halo will be for­mally ap­proved next month.

Red Bull’s aero­screen idea was ruled out af­ter FIA tests Halo con­cept was given the go ahead

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