Hamilton: Running the Halo in Singapore ‘no real issue’

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Lewis Hamilton says that using the ‘Halo’ cockpit protection system during Formula 1 practice in Singapore on Friday was “no real issue” during his first test with the design.

With cockpit protection high on the FIA’s agenda in 2016, the Halo has enjoyed a number of tests throughout the current F1 season after making its first appearance during pre-season.

Team bosses agreed earlier this year to postpone the introduction of any cockpit protection until 2018 at the earliest, but evaluation of the Halo is ongoing.

Hamilton has made his opposition to cockpit protection clear in the past, saying he hoped using the Halo would be optional.

On Friday in Singapore, the Briton completed part of FP1 with the Halo on his car before offering his feedback after the session.

“Running the Halo was no real issue,” Hamilton said.

“I barely noticed it to be honest, just in my mirrors, where it blocked the view slightly.”

Hamilton’s practice running at Marina Bay was cut short after a hydraulic problem in FP2, but the three-time world champion is confident the issue can be resolved.

“We had a small hydraulic issue at the end of FP2 but it doesn’t look like anything serious,” Hamilton said.

“The guys are working on it and it should be fine for tomorrow, which is the main thing.

“Our pace looked OK today, definitely much better than last year, so I’d say we’re looking relatively strong.”

Qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix is live on CNBC from 9am ET on Saturday.