Nico Rosberg lent his support to the proposed ‘Halo’ design for cockpit protection in Formula 1 today following its public on-track debut in Barcelona.
Following the deaths of Jules Bianchi and Justin Wilson in 2015, driver safety has once again become a hot topic in single-seater racing, with a number of proposals to prevent serious head injuries being put forward.
One such design is the ‘Halo’, put forward by Mercedes, which enjoyed its first public run on Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari earlier today.
Although many were quick to criticize the look of the ‘Halo’, Raikkonen reported that his vision in the cockpit was less limited than he imagined, much to his surprise.
A number of drivers have had their say on the ‘Halo’, including Rosberg’s own Mercedes AMG Petronas teammate Lewis Hamilton who slammed the device.
But Rosberg made his stance clear in a post on Twitter shortly after its on-track debut.
“MY OPINION: Massive safety improvement. It will look ok too eventually. I’M ALL FOR IT!” Rosberg tweeted.
However, another Nico – Nico Hulkenberg – was set against it.
“Don’t do it,” Hulkenberg is quoted as saying by Autosport.
“It sends the wrong message. F1 is very safe at the moment.
“It looks horrible, I don’t like it and it’s just one of these little personal things that I wouldn’t like to see it.”