The halo cockpit protection device will be introduced in the 2018 Formula One season. After a lot of speculations, FIA has finally announced that the 2018 F1 cars will be fitted with the halo device.
The halo and the shield device were the two options for FIA. Sebastian Vettel recently tested the shield device at the British GP. But the halo has undergone extensive testing with all the teams testing the device at least once in 2016.
FIA discussed this issue at the Strategy Group meeting on July 19, 2017. Sources state that nine out of ten teams voted against the halo, but still FIA said that the halo would be a part of 2018 regulations on safety grounds.
But the halo device should be finally approved by the World Motor Sport Council. FIA said that it would work with the teams to further improve the design of the halo device.
For the first time, all the Formula One teams were present at the Strategy Group meeting. Apart from the head protection system, other matters such as improving the sport and cost control methods were also discussed in the meeting.
A statement from FIA read, "Following the unanimous agreement of the Strategy Group, in July 2016, to introduce additional frontal protection for Formula One and the repeated support from the drivers, the FIA confirms the introduction of the Halo for 2018."
The halo cockpit device had faced criticism from all the teams due to its design. So, FIA had proposed the shield device which was aesthetically better than the halo. But it is surprising that despite the opposition, FIA has confirmed the halo as a part of 2018 regulations. The design of the halo is likely to be tweaked to implement it in the 2018 season.