Whit­ing says halo didn’t com­pro­mise Hulken­berg’s exit from rolled Re­nault

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FIA race direc­tor Char­lie Whit­ing says Nico Hulken­berg’s halo did not com­pro­mise the Re­nault For­mula 1 driver’s ex­trac­tion fol­low­ing his first lap crash in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Hulken­berg’s car came to rest up­side down, lean­ing against the bar­rier at the out­side of the Turn 8/9 chi­cane, af­ter he was sent into a se­ries of flips by his clash with Ro­main Gros­jean.

The pol­icy in such cir­cum­stances is to wait for the car to be righted be­fore try­ing to get the driver out.

But the length of time it took for Hulken­berg to emerge from the wreck­age led some ob­servers to sug­gest that the halo had made it harder for him to get out.

Whit­ing stressed that Hulken­berg ac­tu­ally had more space be­cause of the way the halo sup­ports the whole cock­pit.

“Quite clearly that’s one of the sort of ac­ci­dents the halo was de­signed to help with,” Whit­ing said when asked about the sit­u­a­tion. “It pro­vides more space for the driver once the car is up­side down.

“When you have an ac­ci­dent like that the ra­dio from the car is au­to­mat­i­cally routed to race con­trol so we get im­me­di­ate in­for­ma­tion.”

When asked about any crit­i­cism of the sit­u­a­tion on Sun­day, Whit­ing added: “We knew he was OK and there was noth­ing to worry about there.

“So the rou­tine un­der those cir­cum­stances is to put the car back on its wheels, which has to be done care­fully of course.

“It was very con­trolled from what I could see, and our med­i­cal del­e­gate was more than happy with the way it was done. It all worked ex­actly as it should.”

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