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IN WORDS: Halo first step towards closed cockpits – Lewis

IN WORDS: Halo first step towards closed cockpits – Lewis

Lewis Hamilton believes that Formula 1 is moving towards a future of closed cockpits after the FIA's decision to introduce the Halo device for the 2018 season.

'It definitely doesn't look good, we know that, we've said that.'

The Halo has emerged as the best option as Formula 1 strives to increase head protection, and while Lewis admits he is not a fan of the look of the design, he expects safety measures to evolve towards 'better' looking closed cockpits.

"I think the thing is it's been talked about for some time so we knew it was coming," said the Brit.

"It's a difficult one as when they introduced it, talked about it, they mentioned a 17 per cent improvement in safety and it's difficult to really ignore that.

"It definitely doesn't look good, we know that, we've said that.

'I think we're moving towards a closed cockpit'

"Also, the weight of the cars goes up, the cars are already way too heavy, we have these little brakes trying to stop this heavy car, I just hope they do a better job and bring the weight down so when they put this thing on it doesn't get heavier and harder to stop.

"I think we've all tested it, they should, for a couple of FP1s, put it on every single car and see how it goes, I don't think it's going to change the FIA's opinion.

"I think we're moving towards a closed cockpit, I think that would look better, there's some real great concepts online of a closed cockpit."

'I think also Formula 1 needs to step forwards'

Lewis hopes that the new safety measure is introduced not only in F1, but throughout the lower single-seater racing categories as well.

"When you think of things that have happened, with drivers getting hit on the head, it's kind of crazy we're so vulnerable," he said.

"Our head's almost the most precious part of our body and it is exposed, so what we do about it, I don't argue against it.

"I think also Formula 1 needs to step forwards, I hope if it does come into Formula 1 that lower categories get it as there's young kids that need that protection also."

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