Whiting expects teams to cope with halo
8 September 2017 – Formula 1 Race Director Charlie Whiting has downplayed suggestions that teams have slipped behind schedule with their 2018 plans, following the decision to implement the 'halo'.
Formula 1's governing body, the FIA, has pushed for extra head protection in recent years, following several incidents and near-misses, and tested the halo extensively in 2016, only for its introduction to be delayed.
Other options were explored before it was announced in July that the halo had been deemed the most suitable system, and would be mandatory on cars next year.
Formula 1 teams, at an advanced stage with their 2018 designs, have had to incorporate the halo relatively late on, with speculation that it could leave some in doubt for pre-season testing.
Whiting, though, believes that there are no major dramas regarding the installation of the halo, and that any queries have been of little importance.
"I'm sure they're all struggling a bit, but I'm equally sure they'll have it on for testing," Whiting commented.
"They have a tendency to do it all right at the end, [and] judging by the amount of questions we're getting, it's not proving to be too tricky.
"We've got a few issues with high speed cameras, and exactly where they're going to sit, but they're relatively minor."
Formula 2 will join Formula 1 in running the halo next year and Whiting explained that the late decision led to some revisions in the build process.
"It was a bit of a late call, the chassis; there were two chassis already made," he said.
"We had to stop that and make a second mould to produce enough chassis for the start of the year, but I'm told it has been relatively straightforward."