It’s happening. There’s no going back (for now, at least). In the coming days and weeks, we will see Halo make its full debut in Formula 1 as 2018 car designs are unveiled, before pre-season testing kicks off in Barcelona on February 26.
F1 as we know it is on the eve of change. It has been one of the sport’s biggest points of discussion in recent years. The open-cockpit DNA of F1 racing will become a thing of the past.
So what exactly is Halo? And how did we get to this stage?
A brave (safe) new world
The Halo project ultimately began in 2011 as the FIA set an underlying principle of trying to better protect single-seater drivers. The push for increased cockpit protection can be traced back to 2009 when Henry Surtees, son of world champion John, was killed by an errant wheel during a Formula 2 race at Brands Hatch. Less than a fortnight later, Felipe Massa was left with severe head injuries after being hit on the head by a loose spring during practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix, causing him to miss the remainder of the season.