FIA defends decision to enforce F1 halo cockpit protection device for 2018

• FIA has received opposition from fans, teams and leading drivers
• Device is designed to further protect drivers from head injuries

The FIA has strongly defended its decision to enforce implementation of the halo cockpit protection device for the 2018 Formula One season. The sport’s governing body has received opposition from fans, the teams and criticism from leading participants in the sport but on Saturday rigorously championed its position on safety grounds.

The halo device will be introduced next season and is designed to further protect drivers from head injuries. The decision to implement it was announced after an F1 strategy group meeting last Wednesday where it is understood only one team supported it use. Some drivers have been opposed to to its introduction from its inception. Lewis Hamilton originally described is as the “worst-looking modification” in F1 history. However he subsequently supported it after an FIA presentation demonstrated that the device increased the chances of surviving an incident by 17%.

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Source: Formula 1

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