Raikkonen trials cockpit halo

Date published: March 3 2016

Kimi Raikkonen trialed Ferrari’s halo cockpit protection for the first time at Barcelona on Thursday.

Last month the FIA confirmed that Formula 1 will introduce cockpit protection for next year’s championship with the ‘halo’ concept the preferred option.

The designed was seen for the first time at the Circuit de Catalunya on Thursday after Ferrari attached it to Raikkonen’s SF16-H.

The halo-shaped hoop connects to the front of the car with a central strut before surrounding the head before connecting just behind the helmet on either side of the car.

“This is a provisional structure made by Ferrari to test visibility,” revealed a spokesman for the Scuderia.

“We think the final structure would be part of the car and hopefully will look better. Kimi said it was ‘okay’ in terms of visibility.”