Jolyon Palmer column: ‘I was wrong about the halo and happy to admit it’

I sat through many briefings about the halo during my time as a driver. But Grosjean’s accident has demonstrated very clearly that motorsport is full of dangers, some of which you cannot anticipate. It was a big accident that destroyed the car, but he ricocheted back across the circuit and walked away from it. In 2014, the minimum weight limit of F1 cars was 690kgs; in 2020 it is 746kgs – almost 10% higher. The immediate concern is that the same type of barrier Grosjean hit lines almost the entire Bahrain circuit, and F1 cars are able to get up to – and therefore crash – at higher speeds than Grosjean did.

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