F1 will vote on whether or not to introduce the Halo in 2017 at a Strategy Group meeting in Geneva later today.
Team bosses as well as FIA president Jean Todt and commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone are due to discuss the cockpit protection device during the latest meeting. The device has been splitting opinion, with some figures in F1 believing it is being rushed through and has yet to be properly developed and analysed.
The six teams in the Strategy Group – Ferrari, Mercedes, Red Bull, McLaren, Williams and Force India – will vote on whether the Halo should be introduced next year later today. A unanimous vote is required, and should it be received then the concept will have to also receive the approval of the F1 Commission and the World Motor Sport Council.
If the FIA does not gain unanimous support for the Halo during today’s meeting, it could still force through its introduction on safety grounds. However, Todt prefers to take a democratic approach and hopes to be able to convince the teams to approve the device for 2017 through the normal channels.
The F1 drivers were shown a presentation on the device during the driver briefing in Hungary last Friday, documenting a number of serious accidents in single seater racing to show what impact the Halo might have.
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