What is the Halo in F1?
The Halo is a safety barrier that helps prevent large objects and debris from entering the cockpit of a single-seater race car. There are certain rules for making it, and the device is made by three approved companies for F1 teams, which are then added to their race cars.
What is the Halo Cockpit system?
Safety is of paramount importance in Formula One, and unfortunately in recent years some people have not been as lucky as Roman Grosjean at last year’s Bahrain Grand Prix.
Jules Bianchi died after a crash at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix , losing control of his Marussia in treacherous conditions.
And his mother immediately remarked that the halo, which was not on the cars six years ago but which the FIA was working on, “saved Romain’s life.”
The halo was introduced back in 2018 and is an additional safety feature now included in all F1 cars, acting as a titanium ring of protection around the driver’s cab.
It is designed to prevent drivers from being injured by flying debris or head trauma, as in Bianchi’s tragic case.
It took the F1 governing body a long time to research and test the design, which slightly affects the field of vision for drivers.
When it was launched, there was also criticism from some fans who felt that the massive new design around the cockpit meant that they could not see the drivers properly.