Hamilton: Last race with good-looking cars
23 November 2017 – World Champion Lewis Hamilton feels that this weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be the final Formula 1 event with good-looking cars, due to the introduction of the 'halo' for the 2018 season.
Formula 1 has been striving to increase head protection in recent years, following a spate of incidents and near-misses, and has evaluated the halo since early 2016.
Its implementation was deferred by a year, as other avenues were explored, before the FIA ultimately settled on the halo for 2018.
The aesthetics of the halo have been widely criticised, and Hamilton believes it will now be "all downhill" for the looks of Formula 1 cars.
"It's the last of the years where it looks good, the last race where it'll look good," said Hamilton of Formula 1's looks.
"I think from next year it's all downhill… safety will go up at least.
"Maybe I'll start a new flip flop brand next year and be successful in some way."
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, meanwhile, believes Formula 1 will quickly adapt to the aesthetics of the head protection device, and work on improving its looks, despite his own misgivings.
"I think the cars will look different next year, everything I've seen so far looks different," said Vettel.
"But on the other hand, I think it's something we'll get used to, but no doubt the cars look better the way they are now.
"We'll work on the aesthetics so it'll look fine as well, so in the end it's probably less of a big deal."
Formula 2's new-for-2018 car will also feature the halo, as will all future single-seater chassis sanctioned by the FIA.