‘Halo’ can take weight of London bus – Mercedes’ James Allison

Formula 1

Some fans have criticised the appearance of the ‘halo’

Formula 1’s new head-protection device can “take the weight of a London double-decker bus sitting on top”, says Mercedes technical boss James Allison.

The ‘halo’ will be introduced this year to limit the biggest safety risk in the sport – the driver in an open cockpit.

It is designed to protect drivers from flying debris and other intrusions.

The halo was the only device that could pass governing body the FIA’s test of deflecting a wheel assembly fired at it at 150mph.

A London bus weighs about eight tonnes.

Many fans have criticised the halo’s appearance and its potential for undermining what some see as a key ethos of F1 – open cockpits.

The majority of the drivers are in favour of the device and their representative body, the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association, is wholeheartedly behind increased frontal cockpit protection.

Allison, said in a video produced by Mercedes: