F1’s halo device not under question after Nico Hülkenburg’s Abu Dhabi crash

• FIA race director Whiting happy with way crash was handled
• Hülkenburg: I don’t know, if the halo blocked me or not

The FIA race director, Charlie Whiting, insists the halo cockpit protection device did not prevent Nico Hülkenberg from exiting his car after his dramatic crash at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

With his car upside-down and briefly on fire the Renault driver had urgently requested that he be freed, raising questions over whether the halo was an obstacle to him getting out. Having clipped Romain Grosjean on the opening lap of that race Hülkenburg’s car had barrel-rolled into the barriers and he was inside with the rear of his car on fire. “Get me out of here – there is fire, there is fire,” he said. “I’m OK but I’m hanging here like a cow. Get me out of this car.”

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Source: Formula 1

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