Three-time System 1 world champion and Mercedes non-executive director Niki Lauda has slammed the choice to introduce the ‘Halo’ cockpit safety for 2018, calling it an “overreaction”.
The FIA introduced on Wednesday that the Halo can be launched for 2018 following a gathering of the F1 Technique Group, having shelved the proposed ‘Defend’ after only a single lap of testing at Silverstone.
Halo has divided opinion, with Lauda believing that there is no such thing as a compelling argument for its introduction as F1 is already protected sufficient.
“We examined the Halo, the Purple Bull Aeroscreen and Ferrari’s Defend as a cockpit safety. None has satisfied 100 per cent,” Lauda instructed Auto Motor und Sport.
“You need to make the best choice in such a scenario. The halo is the incorrect one.
“The FIA has made System One as protected because it will get. Additionally the hazard of flying wheels is essentially eradicated, as a result of the wheels are at all times extra firmly connected. The chance to the drivers has grow to be minimal.
“We’re simply attempting exhausting to get new followers for the game with quick automobiles and getting nearer to the spectators, and now that is destroyed by an overreaction.”