The FIA will not approve the definitive Halo design further than July 15th, as a consistent amount of work has been done on the shape of the device. Ferrari during winter testing came up with the solution adopted by the FIA.
The Italian team is set to test the newest and modified version on track this Friday and it has been called Halo 2. It is understood that it is made of titanium and is produced by an external company.
The FIA official will keep an eye on this test in Austria, for an ulterior evaluation after it earlier underwent a number of crash tests.
There is also a chance for Ferrari to test the new Halo design on track too, but no confirms are coming about this.
Next week are taking place some meetings to discuss about cockpit protection for 2017 and of course the data taken in Austria will be thoroughly analised.
Laurent Mekies from the FIA Institute has explained that the aeroscreen proposed by Red Bull has not been rejected, but just frozen because working on a double developmental programme would have caused several procrastinations. That is why they decided to focus just on the Halo for now, adding that following the schedule has been extremely tough.
The aeroscreen could be resumed and developed for 2018, in case the Halo would turn out to be unsatisfactory.
by Beatrice Zamuner