FIA has finally agreed to push on with the introduction of a modified version for the Ferrari-led Halo cockpit protection system for 2017 after it was decided on Friday that it was too late to try to introduce the Red Bull’s Aeroscreen design for next year.
The battle between Ferrari-led Halo and Red Bull’s Aeroscreen design continued during a meeting at Monaco by the F1 Technical Regulations working group, which include F1 technical directors and FIA racing technical chief Charlie Whiting.
Although the Red Bull’s Aeroscreen design had received a lot of support from the F1 insiders and fans, the fact that it had not been tested as extensively as the Halo meant there was a risk that unforeseen complications could emerge if the idea was settled on for 2017, and that the FIA would continue to evaluate the Red Bull’s Aeroscreen design, including a full-scale testing programme.
In the meeting, It was been told that a deadline of July 1 will be imposed for confirmation of which device would be given the go ahead. Unfortunately, the lack of testing of the Red Bull’s Aeroscreen design over the Ferrari-led Halo was one of the deciding factors in this meeting.
Reports said that the Red Bull’s Aeroscreen design, which has only undergone ballistic testing, has threw up other serious concerns and negative comments because of its fighter-jet style screen. The FIA has also deemed the Red Bull’s design too late for next year campaign and that the Aeroscreen is heading in a direction the FIA is not keen to pursue at this stage.
In addition, the FIA also signalled that the Halo, which has been more extensively tested, is the much safer platform and the most viable option for now.
Currently, an upgraded version of the Ferrari’s Halo design, which first seen during the pre-season Ferrari testing at Barcelona, is scheduled for further safety testing on June 24, 2016.
Reports said that this fully upgraded version is said to be more streamlined compared to its chunky predecessor, which draws numerous too much attention and negative comments on its debut.
Once the modified version of Halo passes these tests then this is the time that it will be formally approved at the next F1 technical regulations meeting on July 6, where the final ratification for F1 to pursue the Ferrari’s Halo design is to be finalised.
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