Gasly ‘not a big fan’ of Halo after test at Silverstone

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Pierre Gasly says he is “not a big fan” of the ‘Halo’ cockpit protection proposed for use in Formula 1 after testing the system at Silverstone this week.

Following the deaths of Jules Bianchi and IndyCar driver Justin Wilson from head injuries sustained while racing in 2015, the FIA has placed improving cockpit safety high on its agenda.

The ‘Halo’ first broke cover in pre-season testing before Ferrari brought an updated version of the device to the British Grand Prix (dubbed ‘Halo 2’).

Gasly then tried it out on his Red Bull at the post-race test, but was less than impressed.

“Tested the “Halo” during @F1 testing with @redbullracing in Silverstone,” Gasly wrote on Twitter.

“Not a big fan!”

Concerns have been raised about the viability of the Halo amid plans to introduce it to F1 in 2017.

Red Bull Racing’s Christian Horner told Reuters over the British Grand Prix weekend that he would vote against it as things stand, with its introduction still yet to be green lighted by teams.

“I’d prefer there to be more research time taken to do the job properly, rather than rushing something through that may have other consequences,” Horner said.

“I certainly wouldn’t vote in favor at the moment.”

The Halo requires unanimous support from the 11 F1 teams to be introduced for the 2017 season, but could be pushed through by the FIA on safety grounds.