Earlier this month, F1 and the FIA announced that the ‘halo’ cockpit protection device will be part of the 2018 regulations and be on the cars next season.
It was met with a very mixed response from fans and drivers, some being very against it (mainly because it looks weird and takes away from F1’s DNA) and others liking the improvements in safety.
There’s no denying that safety in F1 is vital. But, nine out of the 10 teams voted against its introduction (apparently) and it seems strange after just one trial of the better-looking ‘shield’.
Well, in a bid to try and make the halo look that bit better, graphic designer Sean Bull has placed driver helmet liveries on the device.
While it’s still a strange-looking thing, using the colours and designs of driver helmets improves the halo, visually, that’s for sure.
Sean has done designs for Fernando Alonso, Nico Hulkenberg, Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas.
We haven’t really seen anyone trying anything like this. If we’re lucky, maybe F1 will take notice and introduce something similar to make them look better.
It’s already been confirmed teams will be able to add aero fairings to the wing, which FIA race director Charlie Whiting says will make them look better. It’ll also be a sponsor logo spot.