Hamilton hopes ‘Halo’ would be optional, says he wouldn’t use it

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Lewis Hamilton hopes that the proposed ‘Halo’ cockpit protection being trialled by Formula 1 would be optional for drivers if introduced, saying that he would not use it.

The ‘Halo’ made its public on-track debut earlier this week in Barcelona as Ferrari drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel tested the prototype on short runs.

‘Halo’ has split opinion up and down the paddock, with the praise it received from Vettel and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo being juxtaposed by comments from Hamilton and Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg.

Hamilton took to Instagram on Thursday to call the ‘Halo’ “the worst looking mod in F1 history”, and continued his criticism of it when speaking to reporters on Friday by saying that he would choose not to use it if given the option.

“If it is going to come in, I hope we have an option to use it or not because I will not be using it on my car,” Hamilton said.

“Ultimately it’s the driver’s protection so we should have a choice individually. I should be able to decide whether to have to put that on my car, because it wouldn’t be something that I would choose.

“I like it the way it is now. When I get in the car I know there is a certain risk. Safety is a very, very important issue for sure but there are risks that we take and you have to decide how much of a risk you are going to take.

“For me, I would rather drive without it and risk it.”

MRTI: Juncos signs Carlos Cunha for Pro Mazda campaign

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Juncos Racing continued to bolster its entries in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires by signing Carlos Cunha to pilot a third Juncos Pro Mazda entry for 2018. Cunha, who finished third in the 2017 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda season on the back of seven podium finishes, joins Rinus VeeKay and Robert Megennis in Juncos’ Pro Mazda lineup for 2018.

Cunha previously tested with the team at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in October and joined Juncos for the Chris Griffis Memorial test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in November, testing cars for both the Pro Mazda and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires teams.

“It’s great to become a part of Juncos Racing,” said the 18-year-old Cunha. “I am really excited to start the 2018 season with Juncos Racing. This fall we did some testing together and from there I was able to see how focused everyone on the team is and I even felt like I became a part of their family in no time. I am confident we will get great results together next year and I look forward to learning and growing more with the team. It will be a huge pleasure and also a great responsibility to carry the number one on my car, thanks to (2017 Pro Mazda champion Victor Franzoni) and I hope to deliver it back to the team at the end of the year!”

Team owner Ricardo Juncos added, “We are excited to add Carlos to our Pro Mazda lineup. From the moment we started testing with him in early October, we knew he would be a great fit for our team. Carlos has been very quick in testing and even had an impressive showing in the Indy Lights car at the Chris Griffis test back in October. He had a great run this past season in the Pro Mazda series and we are confident he will carry that momentum into the 2018 season.”

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