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Published: 10:45 | 4/2/16

F1 to introduce driver head protection for 2017

'Halo' could be the answer

Formula One’s governing body, the FIA, is planning on introducing driver head protection for the 2017 season.

It wants to introduce a device called a ‘halo’, which is believed will protect drivers from being injured by large flying debris.

The GP Drivers’ Association has been pushing hard for the introduction of the halo and stressed its importance to them at a meeting of F1’s technical chiefs last week.

"Obviously the drivers are happy that the technical team representatives agreed for the additional head protection to come in for 2017 following the drivers' recommendation and the FIA research,” GP Drivers’ Association chairman Alexander Wurz told the BBC.

"We will now enter the design phase, where the drivers need to be open to a slightly different visibility spectrum due to the additional structure.

“I am also curious as to how the teams will make the new solution look cool and fast."

Increased driver head protection has been on the agenda ever since the death of F1 legend Ayrton Senna in 1994.

The Brazilian died when a suspension arm pierced his helmet after a wheel was ripped off in a high-speed crash at the San Marino Grand Prix.

However, most developments in the intervening period have centred on reducing a driver's vulnerability to side impacts, by raising and strengthening the cockpit sides; it is hoped the introduction of the Halo will solve head protection issues too.

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