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'F1 should be safe, not sexy' - Magnussen

2016-06-02 07:22

THE WAY TO GO: Renault driver Kevin Magnussen believes that the introduction of the controversial 'halo' device in 2017 will minimise the risk of death in F1. Image: AP / Manu Fernandez

Formula 1 must defer to "safety" over "sexy" when it comes to preventing more deaths, according to Kevin Magnussen.

It emerged after a meeting in Monaco earlier in May that the sport has now decided to push ahead with introducing the controversial 'halo' concept for cockpit protection in 2017.

'Not up to me'

It is believed the 2017 version will be made of titanium and more elegant than the 'halo' tested by Ferrari earlier this season, but many preferred Red Bull's alternative 'aeroscreen' concept.

Renault driver Magnussen told the Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet: "It's hard to judge without having tried them.

"The screen looks nicer than the halo, but fortunately it's not up to me to make these decisions."

READ: F1 safety 'halo' meets mixed response

As for claims the cockpit coverings are too ugly for a sport that should be attractive and glamorous, Magnussen answered: "F1 should be sexy, but we also need to do everything we can for safety.

"I don't really want it, but I also don't want myself or anyone else to die. So if it helps with safety then you have to introduce it."

In support of 2017

What Magnussen is fully supportive of are in the new tyre and chassis regulations for 2017.

Magnussen agreed: "I think the cars should be faster.

"They've been getting slower and slower since 2004 while safety has been getting better and better. I would have preferred that while safety is going up, so too is the speed of the cars."


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