F1 Halo Proves Its Worth During Belgian Grand Prix Crash

This year’s Belgian Grand Prix featured a horrific first-corner incident, where Fernando Alonso’s McLaren was rear-ended by Nico Hulkenberg and propelled up and over Leclerc’s Sauber, making contact with his Halo device.

While it’s unclear whether or not the McLaren’s wheel would have actually hit Leclerc’s helmet had it not been for the Halo, the fact that such incidents can clearly happen is reason enough to have a cockpit protection system in place.

“Definitely, the halo probably helped today,” stated Leclerc during his post-race media interview, while Alonso called the incident “good proof” of the efficacy of the system.

Even 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg took to Twitter in order to praise the technology, writing: “We can end the HALO discussion now. It will save lives!”

Meanwhile, ex-driver Felipe Massa added that “after seeing this, we can say the halo is beautiful!” while Anthony Davidson, who was involved in testing the Halo system before its implementation, told Sky F1 viewers that “We all have to say and admit in a way that the halo did its job today and we now have to appreciate the reason why it’s on the car.”

As for why the crash happened in the first place, it was due to Nico Hulkenberg locking up his Renault into turn 1, hitting Alonso and the rest was history.

For his actions, Hulkenberg has been given a 10-place grid penalty for next weekend’s Italian Grand Prix, as stewards found the incident similar to the 2012 Belgian GP crash that resulted in Romain Grosjean receiving a one race ban.

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Photos: Formula 1/Twitter

  • ErisC

    A message to all those Halo haters.

    • Smith

      Message is “Halo Lovers will try anything to mislead you into believing it is a great device, even if that means taking irrelevant information and trying to say that the Halo saved a life or injury. In THIS accident it did not.

      • TheBelltower

        It’s all a big conspiracy my the Halo monopoly.

      • ErisC

        When it’s a question of life or death better safe than sorry. You don’t know for sure that Halo did not save his life. I don’t know for sure that it did. But i prefer to read articles like this than articles announcing the death of a F1 driver, like that of Jules Bianchi, RIP.

      • Jan Mleziva

        Im a simple man: I see tyre marks below driver”s head, I see tyre marks above driver’s head – I say the tyre would have hit the driver’s head.

    • Dariush

      Massa’s accident would still be possible with the halo…

      • ErisC

        Maybe I understand it wrong, but Halo isn’t intended to prevent accidents but deaths in case of an accident.

      • Jan Mleziva

        Wilson, Bianchi and Senna would still survive their crashes if there was HALO. Not so much Ratzenberger, but there is HANS for this type of crashes

  • rover10

    Let that be the end of the matter. Otherwise, all you see would have been exerted onto the driver’s helmet!

    • Smith

      It is insulting to elect intelligent people to see this as a definitive result that supports the deployment of the Halo as it had nothing to do with THIS accident at all.

      • rover10

        Look at the above picture????

      • Jan Mleziva

        Did you actually see the photo with tyre marks on the cockpit edge and tyre marks on HALO just above it (picture 4/4)? What leads you to assume the tyre would have NOT hit the head which sits just between HALO and cockpit edge?

  • Dude

    Why anyone complained about it in the first place baffles me

    • Smith

      Because you do not understand the issues and are not familiar with al the pros and cons, and therefore are lead like a lost sheep, by this misleading information.

      • Jan Mleziva

        Tell the same to Gilles Bianchi’s, Justin Wilson’s or Ayrton Senna’s families.
        Or Dale Earnhardt’s and Roland Ratzenberger’s families about HANS device.

      • Dude

        “I don’t like this safety measure because it looks bad”

        Gotcha. What a strange and stupid hill to die on

    • Carl Sloan

      It’s hideous.

      • Jan Mleziva

        Meanwhile Leclerc would look so beautiful with his head smashed…

        • Carl Sloan

          The topic is WHY ANYONE WOULD COMPLAIN ABOUT IT, not whether or not it’s worthwhile. Try to keep up, OK?

  • Smith

    Here we go again and I am sure I will be called a Halo Hater by all those ignorant Halo Lovers, but if you look at the footage and the pictures of THIS accident, the halo did nothing to save injury to Leclerc and it was the roll hoop that directed the Alonso car over and away from Leclerc’s cockpit area. The damage to the Halo which looks spectacular when taken out of context, was caused by the front tyre of Alonso’s car as it moved away from the cockpit and over the front of Leclerc car, and without it there, the tyre still would not have hit Leclerc. It is bad when people desperately try to say how great the Halo is when it played no part in the accident.

  • Carl Sloan

    If they’re really serious about safety, why don’t they take the driver out of the equation and turn them into drones?

  • john1168

    Well, it’s still hideous but it works… Well done flip flop engineers! 🙂

  • As I’ve been saying, people might not like it, but it works and it’s here to say, so get used to it.

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