Formula One cars will have to befitted with the Halo cockpit protection system starting from the 2018 World Championship, motorsport's organizing body, the FIA, has decided. While it had seemed that the competing Shield design was the more popular option, the FIA said on Wednesday that the Halo was picked because it presented the best overall safety performance.
The Halo, first proposed by Mercedes AMG, consists of a tubular carbon structure mounted over the cockpit. Because of the proximity of the central strut to the driver, it has little effect on visibility. Red Bull Racing was one of the most vocal critics of the Halo, with the team claiming a driver's helmet might come into contact with one of the protective bars. With the support of the teams, a final design for the halo will now be developed ahead of the 2018 season.