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FIA scraps radio ban, says no to 'halo' safety device

2016-07-29 09:35

NO HALO, FOR NOW: The F1 halo device will not be introduced in 2016. Image: AFP

Geneva -  Formula 1 voted to delay the introduction of 'halo' safety device and also wind back the controversial radio clampdown in a key strategy group meeting on Thursday (July 28).

While the rest of the sport set up shop at Hockenheim, team bosses, the FIA and Bernie Ecclestone were actually in Geneva in the form of the strategy group.

Germany, the 'halo' debate was raging on, with rookie Jolyon Palmer saying most of the drivers were opposed but "don't really voice it in the press".

'Halo' could be scrapped altogether

GPDA director Jenson Button however hit back, said: "He's incorrect and it's very unfair for him to speak for other drivers. It (halo) is a great solution."

The strategy group voted to delay it until 2018, while F1 supremo Ecclestone suggested Halo could be scrapped altogether.

Ecclestone told British newspaper the Telegraph: "The halo maybe is not the right way to go. We're going to come up with something better than that."

The strategy group on Thursday also agreed to scrap the radio communications clampdown completely, with the exception of the formation lap.

F1 journalist tweeted a photograph of the FIA's statement on the 'halo' device: 


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