Nico Hulkenberg says that he is glad the halo protected Charles Leclerc during a big shunt at the Belgian Grand Prix last weekend, but admits he still has "mixed feelings" over the device.
Hulkenberg was deemed to have caused the crash at Turn 1 at Spa, as he missed his braking zone and slammed into the rear of Fernando Alonso. Alonso was then launched over the top of Charles Leclerc, with visible marks left on the halo from Alonso's car.
The German received a ten-place grid penalty for this weekend's race at Monza following the crash. And while he appreciates the safety element the halo brings to the sport. he admits that he still is not a fan of the device.
“I think whilst I am still not a big fan of halo and the device, I have to see the facts and admit that it does bring something to F1, especially the safety we appreciate in the car,” he said. “So, divided, mixed feelings about it still, but it is not down to me anyway, and it is what it is.
“For sure it has proven pretty useful and a good device,” he said. “We can only speculate on what would have happened without it, but it looks pretty clear from the point the tyre marks were all over the halo. So from that point of view it has done a very good job to keep the head safe.”
The halo has seen a lot of criticism for its aesthetics, with fans and drivers alike disapproving of it due to its looks. Kevin Magnussen says that he is still not sold on the look of the cars with the halo, but admits it played its part in the Spa crash.
“I am just happy that no one got hurt - and you know in reality no one wants to get hurt and no one wants anyone else to get hurt," said the Haas driver. "So that’s really the end of the story.
“But you know it doesn't change the fact that my idea of Formula 1 is without halo, like my idea of motorbike is two wheels. But then of course you ask yourself, when you see that the halo just saved a life, you are not going to say 'oh, I wish it wasn't there’. Of course you're happy that it was there in that case.”