F1 News: Red Bull tests Halo design at Silverstone

F1 News: Red Bull tests Halo design at Silverstone

Red Bull has tested the Ferrari’s Halo cockpit protection system in F1’s second in-season test at Silverstone.

The Milton Keynes-based outfit has fitted its racing car with the Ferrari’s Halo cockpit protection system at the Silverstone.

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This is the first time that any team other than Ferrari, which trialed the second iteration of its Halo concept during the Silverstone race weekend, has been seen with the Halo cockpit protection system.

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Red Bull has been developing the alternative Aeroscreen system, but this was placed on hold once a decision has been reached by the FIA that Halo was the preferred option for the 2017 campaign. The FIA, however, hasn’t ruled out revisiting the Aeroscreen design in time for the 2018 season.

Ferrari’s Halo 2 successfully went through extraction tests at the Austrian and British Grands Prix, and also in Silverstone, which it fitted with dummy chassis, to help medical crews better understand how to work with it.

But despite the green light signal from the FIA, the issues remain a hotbed with F1 teams not completely won over by the implications of its introduction in the 2017 campaign.

This led to Red Bull think that Halo is not yet good enough to be voted in for next year’s campaign, and will stand against it if Red Bull are given the choice.

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Amid fresh concerns about potential downsides to the Ferrari-designed Halo, Red Bull boss Christian Horner has said that he would vote against it at the moment. But Horner believes that Red Bull’s stance would be enough to block the Halo from the introduction in 2017 unless the FIA gets into the table and force it through on safety grounds.

In June, Red Bull has announced that it has suspended its Aeroscreen program as they refuse to waste any more of their resources on it if the project is not going to be approved anytime soon. Reports said that the Milton-Keynes outfit had already spent $280,000 or so into the project and it can’t afford to spend many resources on the project.

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