Toto Wolff wanted to take the halo off with a CHAINSAW when it was introduced in 2018 and Niki Lauda claimed it ‘destroys the DNA of an F1 car’… but it has saved the lives of Romain Grosjean, Charles Leclerc and NOW Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton had never been – and hopefully never will be again – as close to tragedy as he was on Sunday when he escaped almost certain death by the barest of margins as Max Verstappen’s car flew over his head. ‘When you look at the car and it is ugly, F1 cars aren’t meant to be ugly. The Halo, which has been mandatory for all Formula One cars since the 2018 season, is a protective titanium bar fitted above the driver’s cockpit to serve as a safety device. Looking at the halo, it’s not looking good,’ Leclerc said afterwards. ‘I felt the impact and looking at the image of my car it is quite spectacular.’. It’s not just the looks, I don’t think it is necessary. If there is a part flying off the car it is not going to protect you anyway.’.

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