Haas to run Halo device in FP1 for the Brazilian Grand Prix

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Haas F1 Team will run the Halo cockpit protection device in Free Practice 1 for the Brazilian Grand Prix this weekend.

Recently the American-led Formula 1 team haven’t had luck on their side, with them struggling in the United States Grand Prix and the Mexican Grand Prix. Even though Romain Grosjean scored their first point since the Austrian Grand Prix, team-mate Esteban Gutierrez had to retire due to a break problem.

With experiencing brake problems on the Haas VF-16, team principal Guenther Steiner confirms the team will conduct a test on Friday.

“We will conduct a test in either FP1 or FP2 with a different brake manufacturer,” said Steiner.

“It is a test to see how the other material reacts and how the drivers like it or don’t like it. We will try to find out as much as possible in the short time we have available.”

It will be an action packed Friday for the team as they are planning to run the halo cockpit protection device on Grosjean’s car in FP1. Their first run to provide feedback about the safety device to the FIA.

“We are planning to run it with Romain in FP1 in Brazil,” said Steiner. “We’ll get his feedback and provide it to the FIA.

“There needs to be more testing done and we’re happy to contribute. Even though the halo won’t be introduced next year, it’s a step toward finding a device that provides protection but also allows drivers to get in and out of the car quickly.”