Halo integration "quite difficult" for teams - Lowe

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Halo integration
Adam Cooper
By: Adam Cooper
Nov 20, 2017, 11:08 AM

Williams technical chief Paddy Lowe says that integrating the Halo into the 2018 Formula 1 chassis is proving more challenging than dealing with any aerodynamic impact that the device will have.

Valtteri Bottas, Williams FW38 Mercedes with halo
Valtteri Bottas, Williams FW38 Mercedes with halo
Paddy Lowe, Williams Formula 1, Rob Smedley, Head of Vehicle Performance, Williams
Felipe Massa, Williams FW38 Mercedes, with Halo

All teams have to adapt their chassis designs to take the Halo, and next year's cars will have to meet new push tests that will be applied to the mountings before they are homologated by the FIA.

"It's a big project to put that in the car," said Lowe. "We're still working on it, and the integration is quite difficult.

"There are very high loads to accommodate, so I think the bigger impact is structural rather than aerodynamic."

Lowe says some teams may do a better job than others of meeting the new tests without adding too much weight to the chassis.

"There is some performance [in it] I guess. Probably the major area is how efficiently you can provide the mounting requirements to meet the loads – how much weight do you have to throw at that problem? Because it's all weight."

Lowe says the aerodynamic impact is small, despite the fact that teams can develop their own fairings to the Halo, within tight FIA limits, to adjust the airflow.

"There are some minor aerodynamic effects. We haven't seen it as a huge project – the detriment is not particularly large. There is some room for manoeuvre there, but not a lot."

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