The pilots have expressed their opinion about the Halo, but they have also made information professionals and fans. And the verdict could be like the division of opinions, though many of them clearly against.
For this reason, the FIA has organized a press conference at the Hungaroring in which has provided technical information on the practical application of the Halo in real-life situations, and he has explained their point of view about discussions as to the aesthetics or the rapid rejection of the Shield after the first track testing of the same at Silverstone.
The FIA has clarified that began its development in 2011 and, since then, we have made different designs to actual scale that have been tested with impacts to 225 km/h. To do this, have been based on different real accidents in which simulate the consequences of the same in case of have occurred with the Halo. According to the FIA, in all of them, the consequences were non-existent or positive, but never negative.
in Addition, the FIA has attempted to resolve doubts about the visibility and the extraction of the riders in case of rollover, ensuring that the first will be better than in the prototypes of the WEC with the closed cockpit, and the first has developed a protocol of court of the Halo which is completed in 9 seconds.
In regards to aesthetics, Charlie Whiting, Race Director, says that it will be much better in 2018. “All the Halo that we’ve seen are unpolished. I think that we should wait and see what the teams do, because, surely, that exploit the freedom they have, even if only for reasons of aerodynamic”.
Allow you to use attachments not structural around the top, that can’t go more than 20 millimeters of the main structure
And is that the FIA has included in the regulation of the year that comes the possibility that the computers to use the Halo for aerodynamic, something that according to Whiting, it will contribute to improve their appearance. “I’m sure that will be more pleasing to the eye, they should use the Halo standard, which will be a supplier common. Allow them to use hardware not structural around the top, that can’t go more than 20 millimeters of the main structure”.
Although the designers will have only two inches from freedom, that will allow them, according to Whiting, take advantage of the Halo for the purposes of the aerodynamic. “I Think that is a general restriction, I think that is a restriction about how much you can get into the area of the cockpit. But 20 mm is all that can get away all around the structure, and hence can do whatever they want”.
One of the key objectives will be to ensure that the inlet is located above the pilot’s head is still getting all of the air needed by the internal elements of the car, mainly the engine and the gearbox. “The main reason for this is in the first place to enable them to overcome any change aerodynamic which may occur, for example in the inlet. Wanted to be able to redirect the aerodynamic flow”, an issue that was one of the main drawbacks in the case of the domes, which diverted the flow and causing cooling problems.
I Think the fans will get used to it. It is a small step backwards at this point, but I think that will very different design
Whiting points out that the design tested on the track is the initial and believes that the team will improve, in addition to the fans will end up getting used to the visual effect of the Halo. “For the moment we have only seen designs nude. When Williams painted white, the same as that of the car, was much better, I think we can all agree. I think that the fans will get used to it, I know it’s a small step backwards at this point, but I think that will very different design and will not be as bad as you think”.
The Shield, which is deficient in security
Laurent Mekies, Director of Safety, the FIA, was also present at the press conference and spoke of the causes that led to that discarding the Shield tested by Sebastian Vettel at Silverstone.
The German suffered vision problems and with the wake of air caused by the dome, but Mekies ensures that the real problem was the insufficient level of security. “Sebastian had a small optical distortion in the vision of front. We have good ideas about the cause and we do not believe that it is impossible to solve it. The main factor is that he was designer to offer a lower level of protection compared to the Halo so that it would not be the test with the wheels”.
in Addition, Mekies believes that there are problems associated with domes which, for the moment, are not easy to resolve. “we Also knew that there would be other problems with this type of devices, such as the visibility, the dirt, the rain, etc, we Felt that we had to explore it and maybe someday have enough knowledge to achieve the objectives. The level of protection was not as high as we wanted”.
In any case, the FIA does not rule out a new device in the future and will continue to conduct research to improve the protection at all levels and, perhaps, to find a substitute for Halo. “For the moment, we believe that the disadvantages are much too large in comparison with the Halo, but it is possible that in the future we can find another solution that gives us better protection and better aesthetics”.