The FIA wants to reduce the thickness of the Halo and improve its aesthetics when developing the next version of the cockpit protection device.
Following tests of a number of potential solutions – including a shield approach that was seen at Silverstone last year – the FIA only finalized the Halo in late July 2017, leaving seven months before it would be running in pre-season. With a standard Halo being approved and teams only able to add fairings for aerodynamic purposes, the FIA safety delegate Laurent Mekies has revealed where the governing body aims on improving the device in future.
“We have two main objectives,” Mekies told RACER. “One is the central strut, to see if we can have a reduction in thickness for visibility purposes. And secondly a better integration in the car, i.e. better aesthetics ultimately. So that’s what we would like to see in stage two.”
With such a new addition to single seaters requiring a significant amount of work, Mekies admits the FIA is only now able to start focusing on changes it wants to make, having implemented the Halo in both Formula 1 and Formula 2.
“So the reality is that the last few months we have been trying to switch from a decision-making point to making it happen. So we had to get Halo standards published, get Halo suppliers certified, get Halo suppliers to deliver certified parts, which in the end was an added complexity because not only did we do it for F1 but we did it for F1, F2 and Formula E pretty much in the same timeline.
“Now we are a few months later and the situation is quite good. Halo has been delivered, we have three suppliers now homologated, so we are now going to be able to put a bit more emphasis on the research on stage two.”
It was recently confirmed that the FIA is also working closely with IndyCar on development of the windscreen currently being tested in order to understand if it would be suitable for F1 in future.