Aeroscreen failed FIA test
Protection device was unsuccessful
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.