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05/05/17
It seems that Formula 1’s use of electron beam welding won’t extend to their proposed safety ‘halo’ as the organisation has scrapped the plans in favour of a different solution.

Formula 1 has been dedicated to increasing the level of head protection offered by vehicle cockpits after the high profile deaths of several drivers such as Jules Bianchi and, in recent years, the ‘halo’ had been the preferred method which had been trialled extensively in 2016.

It was proposed to be instated in 2017, before being delayed to 2018, however this week the F1 released a statement declaring they’d be moving ahead with other technology. ““A number of more integrated solutions for additional frontal protection have been studied, and the decision has been taken to give priority to the transparent ‘shield’ family of systems,” read the statement, according to motorsport.com.

The ‘Halo’ had previously divided opinion, with the look of the system being a particular sticking point. The ‘Halo’ saw a piece of protective carbon fibre material sitting above the driver and coming down in front of them, directly in the drivers line of sight.

‘Shield’, however, is made up of a transparent screen which does not cover the whole cockpit, directly answering this aesthetic concern. However, many drivers have come out to question whether this system is style over substance, questioning its safety credentials.

Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat, Haas drivers Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean as well as Williams driver Felipe Massa ehave all expressed concern over the plans.