FIA wants Halo in Formula E for season five

Photo: Wolfgang Wilhelm/Mercedes AMG Petronas

The FIA is planning to introduce the ‘Halo’ cockpit protection device to Formula E for season five when the new-generation chassis is unveiled.

As part of the global motorsport governing body’s push to improve safety standards in Formula 1, the ‘Halo’ – seen above fitted to Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes car – will be fitted to all cars next season, as confirmed in July by the sport’s bosses.

Formula 2 launched its new chassis for 2018 on Thursday at Monza, complete with a Halo as the FIA works to make its usage standard through series and trickle down the single-seater ladder.

FIA safety director Laurent Mekies confirmed plans to add Halo at the start of the next chassis cycle for each series, identifying season five as Formula E’s opportunity to incorporate cockpit protection.

“The implementation plan – again being conscious that it is going to be a very large challenge – is F1 in 2018, F2 in 2018,” Mekies explained to RACER.

“We are trying to get Formula E season five, which means June 2018, and is as hard in terms of pressure and timing.

“Then we plan to have hopefully a new F3 in 2019 and a new F4 in 2020. That’s where we are right now, so it will keep us busy for a bit.”

Formula E is expected to introduce a radical new chassis design for the start of season five in 2018 designed by Spark Technologies, whose concept renders included cockpit protection similar to the ‘Aeroscreen’ briefly tested in F1.

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