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JohnC

How are they going to see where they are going?

This photo on the BBC website shows the new Halo device. However I can't help thinking it is going to be very difficult to clip the apex perfectly or place the car very close to a competitor when rounding a corner when the front pillar will surely restrict vision.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/35721191
Boxer6

Re: How are they going to see where they are going?

JohnC wrote:
This photo on the BBC website shows the new Halo device. However I can't help thinking it is going to be very difficult to clip the apex perfectly or place the car very close to a competitor when rounding a corner when the front pillar will surely restrict vision.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/35721191


I've never even sat in a single seater, but I'd have thought hitting the apex would be easy enough; the placing near a competitor or, even more basically, forward vision will be severely compromised surely?

Not sure I'd be happy barrelling along at 200mph+ with a bloody great 'T' right in front of me!
Big Blue

I just read that Kimi was chosen as he'd offer a far more impartial view on it. So he's not afraid to say it's shite.

The thing can only be installed with the driver in place at present and they're trying to work out how to make a flip up version. What happens when one of these shears off in a multiple car pile up and spears some other driver? As they used to say at school: look out; you'll have somebody's eye out with that!
Giant

What is the halo protecting the driver from? Is it from flying objects like Massas incident a few years ago, in which case I dont see how this is the best solution, or from impacts like Bianchis? I don't see how this could possibly withstand the forces involved in his accident and again I'm sure there are better ways of minimising the risk.

Why are cockpits open in F1/single seater racers anyway? Is it a rule stipulation or just tradition? Would anyone care if they were covered over?
Humphrey The Pug

Pointless.

Henry Surtees was hit on the top of the head with a wheel; the halo device wouldn't have stopped that, Massa was hit in the head by a small spring; the halo device probably wouldn't have stopped that, Maria de Villota drove straight into a truck tailgate which was at head height and it is debatable if the halo device would have made much difference due to the forces involved and Bianch went straight into a massive and heavy tractor at great speed; it was deemed that the sudden stop caused his injuries, so the halo device wouldn't have saved him, Justin Wilson was hit on the top of the head also, the halo device probably wouldn't have saved him.

It is a knee jerk reaction, motorsport is dangerous and the drivers know this.

If you enclose the cockpit then you have the issue of extracting the driver, particularly if overturned.
Bob Sacamano

It can't really be a knee jerk reaction when its been 4 years in development based on historical incidents and projections. It's not the most elegant of solutions but compromises rarely are.
Tim

Is it not partly influenced by some of the accidents in Indycar, I think Justin Wilson was hit by flying debris for example.

Will some drivers request them to be painted pink and have some frills added as a distraction to other competitors?
They remind me of some unpleasant sights accidently seen while fat burds are bending over  
Boxer6

Tim wrote:
Is it not partly influenced by some of the accidents in Indycar, I think Justin Wilson was hit by flying debris for example.

Will some drivers request them to be painted pink and have some frills added as a distraction to other competitors?
They remind me of some unpleasant sights accidently seen while fat burds are bending over  


   

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