Magnussen opposes 'halo' introduction


Kevin  Magnussen is no fan of the 'Halo' cockpit safety device the FIA is contemplating on introducing sometime in the future.

Drivers were polled late last year by the governing body; 16 drivers responded to the FIA's request, and 7 were against the Halo, 5 in favour, and 4 abstained. The Haas driver was among those who voted against the concept.

"I voted no," Haas driver Magnussen confirmed to the Danish newspaper BT.

"I think it is against formula one's DNA. Halo undoubtedly reduces the risk if you were hit by a wheel or debris from another car.

"But I just think that there are many other things we should look at first to improve safety."

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The FIA focused on cockpit safety as a result  of Jules Bianchi's tragic accident in Japan in 2014, as well as Justin Wilson's fatal injury sustained in an Indycar race in 2015.

Magnussen believes Bianchi's death, given its unfortunate circumstances,  would not have been prevented the 'Halo'.

"What happened to Jules was deeply tragic," he said.

"And also bad luck. The sport must learn from what happened in Suzuka, but a Halo would not have changed anything about that accident."



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