Todt backs Halo 'yellow jersey' idea for F1

FIA president Jean Todt has backed the idea of Formula 1 introducing a ‘yellow jersey’ model, which would give the world championship leader a different colour Halo cockpit protection device from other drivers.

Todt backs Halo 'yellow jersey' idea for F1
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1, with halo
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-Benz F1 W08, with halo
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-Benz F1 W08 with halo
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF16-H with the Halo cockpit cover
Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF16-H with a Halo cockpit cover
Fernando Alonso, McLaren MCL32, halo

With the arrival of the Halo in 2018 having divided opinion, there is hope that teams will work hard to make the devices more visually appealing, either through aerodynamic tweaks or through the use of different colours.

Todt is pushing for F1 to make use of the opportunities on offer, and has suggested the Halo is used for improved car number visibility or even to single out the championship leader.

“I think there are some clever ideas,” said Todt when asked by Motorsport.com about his views on the looks of the Halo.

“I heard one idea that I quite like, we should give a different colour of Halo to the leader of the world championship.

“I want to see the name and the number of the cars, which we cannot see. So maybe it will be one opportunity to give that – even if I hear already that teams have sold the space to sponsors. So lucky them!”

In cycling, race leaders of major stage races are given a different colour jersey to the other riders – with the Tour de France using a yellow jersey.

Halo criticisms

Todt says he is unmoved by a fan backlash about the looks of the Halo, because he says his only regret would be not pushing through with the system and there being an accident.

“Honestly, I don’t care,” he said. “I do care if something will happen and I will realise that we didn’t do something that we could do.

“If you see all the last severe crashes in single-seater racing, they have been around the head. I am sure that other bad incidents will happen, and we need to have a vision to do something beforehand.”

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