By Adam Tate, Associate Editor
The FIA is on the cusp of greenlighting the halo for F1 in 2017.
The news comes on the heels of a meeting of the technical regulations working group which is in favor of Ferrari’s halo solution over Red Bull’s competing aeroscreen due to time constraints on the teams and the ease with which the halo can be added to the already well in progress 2017 designs.
It is highly likely that the halo will be a stop-gap while an aeroscreen or canopy solution is worked into a more comprehensive set of regulations and properly adapted to the new cars.
The halo has one further safety test on June 24th before the deadline for final FIA approval on July 1st. Should the test go as expected, the device will be approved and the look of open wheel racing will never quite be the same.
Many will groan, some even protest, but safety, like time marches ever on.
Image: Ercole Columbo/FERRARI