“Halo actually helped at one point” Russell

F3 driver George Russell has said that the halo cockpit protection device, fitted during the Wednesday of the Hungary test, actually helped his visibility at one point.

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The FIA will make the halo device mandatory from 2018 after canning the shield and aero screen devices tested this year.

One of the main arguments against the halo was that it could impact the driver’s visibility of the track. But Russell has said it was surprisingly clear and at one point even aided his visibility.

“The Halo was surprising, I had a much better view than I ever imagined,” Russell said.

“One very funny positive was that at the end of the day, when the sun was coming down, the Halo actually blocked the sun from my eyes, so I actually saw more than I would usually see on circuit at 5.30pm when the sun is low.

“To be honest, from a drivers’ perspective, when you’re doing a qualy lap the visibility is completely fine. The only hindrance could potentially be the start lights, but I was extremely surprised by the Halo and by what I could see.”

He did say that it would take the drivers a while to get used to getting in and out of the car with the halo fitted.

“It was tricky to get in and out of the car, it just takes a bit of experience, finding the right techniques, where to put your arms and stuff,” he said.

“I struggled initially but towards the end, after a few trial runs, I was fine getting in and out. You can hold on to the Halo as you pull yourself up.

“The only thing is getting your leg into the car, it’s quite high. But I think most people would just have a step to stand on to get in and out of the car.”

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