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Why is Red Bull not keen on 'halo' device in 2017?

2016-07-13 11:53

HALO DEVICE: Red Bull test driver Pierre Gasly drives with the Halo safety device on his car during Formula 1 testing at Silverstone. Image: Twitter

London - Red Bull has indicated it will vote against the introduction of the 'Halo' cockpit protection for 2017.

That is despite the fact that, at the Silverstone test on Tuesday, Red Bull youngster Pierre Gasly tested the innovation for the energy drink team.

'More risky without Halo' 

The young Frenchman said:"It was strange to see something in front of me but I was surprised that it didn't change (the visibility) much." 

GP2 driver Gasly admitted, however, that he would prefer if Formula 1 keeps its open cockpit format.

Gasly said: "Of course it is more risky without Halo, but everyone who drives these cars knows the risks and accepts them."  

Aeroscreen an alternative

Red Bull actually pioneered the Halo alternative, Aeroscreen, which has been put on the back burner by the team because the FIA is asking for further developments.

More: F1 safety 'halo' meets mixed response

Team boss Christian Horner said he thinks 2017 is too soon for Halo to be introduced.

Horner is quoted by Express newspaper: "I'd prefer there to be more research time taken to do the job properly, rather than rushing something through that may have other consequences. 

"I certainly wouldn't vote in favour at the moment."


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