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Formula One: Vettel joins rivals in favour of 'halo'

Formula One: Vettel joins rivals in favour of halo
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in the pits during practice (Reuters)

Budapest - Vettel added that the death of Briton Justin Wilson in an Indycar race in 2015 was enough evidence to prove the point



By AFP

Published: Fri 28 Jul 2017, 7:35 PM

Last updated: Sat 29 Jul 2017, 12:00 AM

World championship leader Sebastian Vettel believes it would be 'ignorant and stupid' for Formula One not to introduce the new 'halo' cockpit head protection next year.
The 30-year-old German, who seeks victory for Ferrari in Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix, added that the death of Briton Justin Wilson in an Indycar race in 2015 was enough evidence to prove the point.
Speaking to reporters ahead of the 11th race of the season before F1's now-traditional European summer break, he was supported by two-time world champion Fernando Alonso.
"I am in favour, I'm positive about the halo," said McLaren driver Alonso. "I think if protection on our heads could save one life - that's worth putting it (on)."
Vettel, who said he felt slightly dizzy after testing it ahead of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone two weeks ago, was forthright in his support for the device, which has not been universally praised, on aesthetic grounds, by the Formula One paddock.
The four-time world champion said: "There should not be a doubt in your mind about whether to introduce it or not - if you offer the system as it stands, with the power it has to give it us protection, offer that to Justin Wilson some time ago, he would take it.
"We would be happy to take it, to help save his life. We cannot turn back the clock, but knowing that something is there that helps us in certain scenarios, it would be ignorant and stupid to ignore."
Alonso added: "I unfortunately lost some friends, some colleagues, in my journey in single-seaters.
"Justin Wilson, and Jules (Bianchi) in some accidents that could help in those conditions. In terms of aesthetics, it's difficult to please the entire world and that will never happen.
"Remember, 50 years ago, Formula One didn't have seat belts. These days, with social media and all that stuff, people will start saying 'Formula One should be with no seat belts' because the drivers are moving and this is the DNA of F1. This is not true."
 


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