Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has stated that legal issues mean the Halo must now be included in Formula 1. Horner declared that the FIA would land itself in a lot of trouble if a driver was hurt or injured and it was found there was a device available that would have saved the driver's life.
Horner also believes that Mercedes backed the FIA into a corner. Mercedes originally produced the idea of the Halo a couple of years ago, when talks about driver head protection began to ramp up after the accident of Jules Bianchi.
"Mercedes came out with that concept (Halo) and it put the FIA in a difficult position," he told Auto Motor und Sport. "If we have an accident now and we don't have Halo on the car, but it might have saved a life, then from a legal standpoint it will be difficult to argue why it wasn't there if it was available," he said.
"That's why we (Red Bull) developed the Aeroscreen -- to try to solve the problem more aesthetically than this 'flip flop'. The FIA is now in a corner with only the Halo and no other option. My concern is that every racing formula down to karts will have to have this thing - where does it stop? I think that at a certain point, as a driver, you have to accept certain risks," Horner said.