Ricciardo: we’ll get used to the halo

Mat Coch

Thursday 22nd February, 2018 - 9:09am

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Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo suggests that while Formula 1’s new halo device is confronting now, in time we’ll get used to it.

The Australian believes it’s far from the most radical change to cars in recent years, and that as the season progresses it will become a non-issue.

Introduced in an effort to further protect drivers’ heads from impact during crashes, the halo device won out over a proposed aeroscreen design similar to that tested by IndyCar.

Made from titanium, the halo is a standard part across all teams, which are then allowed to add fairings in an effort to reduce the negative aerodynamic impact it has in terms of the car’s cooling and rear wing efficiency.

“I think it’s going to be alright,” Ricciardo wrote in a column for Red Bull.

“Don’t get me wrong, I don’t love the look of it, but I think it’ll be fine and we’ll have other things to talk about pretty quickly, especially once the racing starts and we have the championship beginning to take shape.

Remember back in 2009, the year that Brawn won the championship, and the cars that year looked so different with the small rear wings, almost like F3 cars?,” he continued.

“People threw their hands up and talked about it a lot at the start, but then we all got used to it and just moved on.

“I reckon the 2009 look was more dramatic than the halo and how long it’ll take people to get used to it.”

Ricciardo sampled the device on his new car earlier this week at Silverstone, following the team’s unveiling, though an off in wet conditions saw him damage the car.

It is expected to be repaired for Monday, where Red Bull will join the nine other Formula 1 teams for the opening pre-season test of the season in Spain.

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