Formula One Postpones Halo Protective Device Until at Least 2018
Danny Olmstead is a passive investor with Open Path Investments, LLC. With a history in auto racing, Danny Olmstead likes to keep abreast of the latest news in the racing world, including Formula One racing. The organization recently voted against using Halo head protection for the 2017 racing season.
The Halo protection device is designed to help prevent head injury to drivers by deflecting debris and protect the driver’s head in an accident. With two Formula One racers dying just last year due to head injury, many leading drivers feel the device is necessary. Drivers like Lewis Hamilton, who previously criticized the Halo as the “worst-looking mod in F1 history,” were turned around by a presentation at the Hungarian Grand Prix, which praised the device for its 17 percent chance of increasing a racer’s survival.
Despite this, governing bodies and top racing teams gathered to vote on the device, unanimously voting to postpone the Halo pending further testing. They felt that there wasn’t enough time between now and the 2017 season for proper testing, but are still open to considering the device for the 2018 season.
While Formula One has always adhered to an open-cockpit philosophy, concern and consideration for driver safety may soon change this tradition.