The FIA has received all kinds of criticism after approving the introduction of the Halo in the Formula 1 during the last World Council of the Motor held last Wednesday, July 19. Professional competition, press and fans consider expedited approval and believe that it is not the right solution.
But the FIA believes the opposite, as has been expressed in a report issued with the purpose of explaining its decision, stating that “the tests with the Halo were successful and focused on three major risk cases: contact between cars, contact with the environment and with external objects”.
According to the regulatory body of the Formula 1, the Halo has been shown to be effective in contact between cars, with static objects present on the track and in front of the remains as a result of accidents. “In a contact between cars, the Halo can withstand up to 15 times the static load of the total mass of the car, significantly reducing the potential for injury. In a contact with the environment, you can prevent contact with a wall or barriers, in many cases, using a selection of prior accident as a reference. In the case of external objects, successfully diverted away from large objects outside and increases the net level of protection against small debris”, according to the report of the FIA.
with The extensive track tests reveal that the visibility is not affected in a substantial way
During the season 2016 all the pilots were tested with the Halo in the free practice sessions for the Big Prizes, allowing to consider the FIA that there are no visibility issues derived from their use, nor problems at the time of extracting the driver of the car, which has modified the protocol in this regard. “The extensive track tests reveal that the visibility is not affected in a substantial manner and there is no visual obstruction significant in the central point. There is also no problems with respect to the output of the cabin and have conducted multiple tests of extraction with a revised process to ensure that the same is safe”.
Finally, the FIA confirms that there will be a review of the final design to try to improve its effectiveness, something that will be done in conjunction with all the guilds involved. “the latest design of The Halo will now be refined prior to its introduction in 2018, in a joint effort between teams, drivers and FIA”.