Magnussen does not believe Halo will be introduced in F1

Kevin Magnussen - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Kevin Magnussen does not believe the FIA will bring in the Halo head protection system, feeling a better solution will be found before 2018.

The Renault Sport F1 driver is yet to experience the Halo on board his RS16 car, but the decision to delay its introduction makes the Dane feel there is an alternative being looked at.

“If I could choose, I’m not going to run it,” said Magnussen on Autosport. “I don’t think it will come in.

“I just think now they have delayed it, they will come up with something better. The halo isn’t going to go on. If it was, then it would come on next year.

“They have obviously seen they can come up with something better and they need more time to do it.”

The delay in introducing the Halo stems from the lack of development time for the head protection system, with several teams having run with it during free practice sessions in recent races – Ferrari, Red Bull, Mercedes, Force India, Toro Rosso and McLaren have all run with it at some point – with the FIA hoping all teams and drivers have a chance to run it before the end of the season.