The halo has been a major point of debate during the off-season with the FIA making it compulsory for all teams to have the cockpit protection device installed, even if it plays with the aesthetics of the machine. Safety first, you see!
But while F1 has a lot to do with driving skill and the speed of the car, it has a major appeal with respect to the cars on display. And the halo affects it in a negative way, putting a blot on the otherwise splendid machine.
Mercedes boss, Toto Wolff, wants to use a chainsaw and destroy the Halo from the W09, something that possibly every F1 fans wants.
However, Alonso is all up for the halo, and wants no debate over it as it provides head safety for the drivers.
As far as aesthetics go, Alonso feels the teams would find a way around the halo in the years to come.
“And again, this is a device that’s a safety device, it’s head protection for the drivers, so there should not be any debate on that, as long as it’s a safety device.
“Yeah, aesthetics aren’t the best at the moment, and in the future I’m sure that the sport and the teams will find a way to make it a little bit nicer, for the fans, you know, and for the cars to look a little bit better.” Alonso said.
There has been a lot of talk about the halo during the past few ‘car unveiling’ days and the talks will only intensify during when the cars will be out for testing next week.
But there are no two ways about it that the halo will increase driver protection manifold and hence has to be a part of our F1 world in the years to come. Hopefully with the time, the teams find a better way to append it onto the car.