F1 teams to implement 'halo' safety system next season

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Formula One teams are due to introduce 'safety halo' technology to its cars for the 2017 season.

Designed to protect the driver's head from impact or debris, the systems take the form of a thin frame crafted from carbon fibre that crosses over the open-cockpit area.

Various teams have been trialling different protection systems, with Red Bull Racing even using its 'aeroscreen' during practice at the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi. However, the 'halo' system was trialled by Ferrari and Mercedes, and it is this that the FIA is choosing to use. The Italian car maker was seen testing the system during pre-season testing in Barcelona.

The decision comes down mainly to time, with the 'aeroscreen' system too complicated to implement in time for the upcoming season.

It is reported that the systems will be more aerodynamic than those seen during testing. Reports say that after further analysis, the systems will get their sign-off on July 6.

This time period gives teams enough time to draw up plans for the bodywork changes, and allow them to implement the systems while limiting the amount of aerodynamic disturbance they cause.

The 'halo' system drew many negative comments when it was first revealed, with many of the sport's fans favouring the 'aeroscreen' instead. However, the lack of testing for the 'aeroscreen' was critical to the FIA's final decision. This was reportedly made after a meeting of the teams' technical directors at the most recent stage of the F1 season in Monaco last weekend.