Con­tro­versy as halo’s in­tro­duc­tion is de­layed

Motor Sport News - - German Gp Report -

A host of Formula 1 rule changes were an­nounced dur­ing the Ger­man Grand Prix week­end, in­clud­ing the new halo cock­pit pro­tec­tion de­vice not be­ing in­tro­duced next sea­son.

Fol­low­ing a meet­ing of the F1 Strat­egy Group it was de­cided that the halo was not ready to be used yet but that some form of cock­pit pro­tec­tion would def­i­nitely be added for 2018.

The de­ci­sion drew a mixed re­ac­tion from drivers. World cham­pi­onship leader Lewis Hamil­ton said: “I don’t re­ally know why it’s not go­ing to be there next year.

“If we are un­for­tu­nate enough to have an in­ci­dent in the next year and a half, and we knew we had a so­lu­tion for it that would’ve played a role in that, we’d re­ally be kick­ing our­selves.”

How­ever, Jen­son But­ton said he could un­der­stand the de­ci­sion to de­lay the halo’s in­tro­duc­tion.

“There hasn’t been enough mileage with it, there hasn’t been enough driv­ing in anger with it,” he said. “So next year is very early to put it on the car.”

It was also con­firmed that F1’s con­tro­ver­sial ban on ra­dio trans­mis­sions would be lifted with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

Other rule changes an­nounced in­clude stand­ing starts be­ing used for wet races that ini­tially be­gin be­hind the safety car. Also red flags will be used in qual­i­fy­ing in­stead of dou­ble waved yel­lows to prevent de­bate over whether a driver has slowed down enough.

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