Fernando Alonso says he would have welcomed the extra protection offered by a Halo system during his aerial crash in the Australian Grand Prix.
The FIA is considering whether to introduce a version of the head protection device, which Ferrari ran during testing, on F1 cars in 2017.
Alonso, who suffered injuries in the crash which will keep him out of this weekend’s race, said his first priority afterwards was to get out of the car as quickly as possible, and doesn’t think the Halo would have impeded that.
“You just try to go out of the car and at that point you just want to put the feet on the ground and walk away,” he said. “This is the only thing you are thinking at that moment.”
“About the Halo system, I don’t know if I could get out of the car as quick as I did. I guess so because I’m sure that the system is designed looking at all the scenarios.”
His McLaren team mate Jenson Button pointed out it is seldom necessary for drivers to get out of their cockpits in a hurry after crashes.
Alonso said he would have felt better protected by a Halo when his car was launched into the air.
“Probably my only concern when I was rolling over was just to avoid hitting the head,” he explained. “Obviously I was very tight on the belts and I was flying, but I didn’t feel any risk at all in the middle of the accident, apart from my head that I wanted not to crash with anyone.”
“So the Halo was probably very welcome in my accident as well because I will avoid that concern when I’m flying.”
2016 Australian Grand Prix
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