Halo goes against the spirit of F1 design – Alain Prost


Alain Prost. Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Four-time F1 world champion Alain Prost is not a fan of the halo cockpit protection system, and despite having been a big advocate of safety during his time as a F1 driver, the Frenchman says it goes against the ethos of the sport.

It is the aesthetic qualities of the halo system, or lack of, that Prost is primarily against, as he explained in an interview with motorsport.com recently, and the Frenchman is hoping that the FIA do not introduce the concept to all single-seater cars, although he does believe that improving safety in motorsport is of great importance.

“I was always defending and supporting safety – but I cannot say I am happy about the Halo.

“It is against the spirit of the design and beauty and DNA of Formula 1 and the single-seater DNA.

“It is difficult to say this for me, because you cannot ever say you do not want to improve the safety which is vital and important in this sport. But personally for me I don’t like the look of it.”

Prost, who is currently a special adviser to the Renault Sport Formula 1 Team, also runs the Renault e.dams team in FIA Formula E Championship, and the halo is not something the Frenchman would like to see appearing in the electric formula any time soon.

Unfortunately for Prost, the FIA have stated that if it the cockpit protection system is successful in F1, they will be looking to roll it out across the different formula’s.

“I do not want to see it on a Formula E car because they will try to put it on all the single-seater cars”.