Formula One: Halo in danger of distorting F1, says Alain Prost
Formula One Cars will feature the new halo head protection system for the first time in 2018 but it has been met by a mixed response, with Mercedes F1 team boss Toto Wolff critical about it and those sentiments have been echoed by Alain Prost - a four-time world champion.Updated: Mar 01, 2018 18:20 IST
Formula One (F1) legend Alain Prost believes eliminating risk from the sport is a “dangerous” strategy that could “distort” the competition.
Cars will feature the new halo head protection system for the first time in 2018 but the contraption has been met by a mixed response, with Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff joking that he would remove it with a chainsaw given the chance.
Those sentiments have been echoed by Prost - a four-time world champion and special adviser to the Renault F1 team.
“I don’t like it at all,” he told Omnisport. “For a lot of reasons. For aesthetics, it changes the nature of the single-seater car.
“But if it brings a little more security, that’s fine. Now that it’s here, we have to deal with it. But it’s not something I appreciate.
“We can always improve things. But we must not distort what Formula One is.
“I think it’s a little dangerous to want the risk at zero when we’re in motorsport.
“[But] when we talk about a man’s life, we cannot be against security.
“We have to accept it. It’s been set up. Maybe there will be other ideas in the future that will be more aesthetic than those.”