The FIA and Formula One race director Charlie Whiting have released their report into Charles Leclerc and Fernando Alonso’s crash at the Spa Francorchamps circuit in Belgium in August and have concluded that had the IndyCar Aeroscreen which had been tested by Formula One been in place it would only have been 10% as effective as the Halo.
Speaking about their findings, Mr Whiting said:
What we’ve seen with the accident in Spa is that the sort of device tested by IndyCar would probably not have been as effective, it would probably only offer about 10% of the protection that Halo offers.
IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon says that the reason the series didn’t go for the Halo is because the Halo is directly in the drivers line of site and that would have caused problems on ovals such a Texas Motor Speedway and they felt that the Aeroscreen was the better solution.
The FIA are introducing a new high speed camera that will integrated into the Halo for the Gen 2 ABB Formula E car for this season starting with the opening race in Saudi Arabia.
Formula One will adopt the new camera angle for 2019. When it comes to IndyCar, the Aeroscreen is due to be introduced at some point in the future possibly 2020 or 2021 when the cars change as Dixon says more investigation into the device needs to be done specifically how it would work on road and street courses.