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Halo came at "huge" cost for Force India

  • Published on 27 Feb 2018 14:03
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Andrew Green, technical director of the Force India F1 team has said that the introduction of the halo safety device has brought unwanted effects on the team budgets for 2018. 

The halo was made mandatory for 2018 on all F1 cars. However, many key figures from Formula 1 spoke against the device, with Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport executive director Toto Wolff being the most prominent figure. 

When asked about the Halo at Barcelona, Green replied: "Expense-wise, it’s huge, because we had to do a new chassis. We wouldn’t have anticipated doing a new chassis this year, given the amount of changes that we made last year, which was huge for a new regulation change. We’d always look to try and get two years out of the chassis if possible. "

He also noted that the halo had a serious impact on the aerodynamic performances of the cars. "From an aerodynamic perspective, the work is still ongoing really. There’s a significant downstream effect [from the halo], especially around the rear wing area. t’s not designed to be an aerodynamic device. It doesn’t do us any favours in that department." he added.

 

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