NOVEMBER 26, 2016
Drivers key to 2018 introduction for Halo
The drivers will be central to the FIA's decision about whether to introduce the controversial 'Halo' cockpit protection concept in 2018 or impose a further delay.
Although the Grand Prix Drivers' Association has said Halo is unanimously supported up and down the grid, some drivers have revealed their concerns.
So in another bid to change minds, the drivers were given a further presentation by the FIA in Abu Dhabi, demonstrating how Halo reduces the risk of injury and death.
"Even this morning I was opposed," Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz said in Abu Dhabi, "but then we were shown the video and I thought Halo is not so bad."
Germany's Auto Motor und Sport reports that if the majority of the F1 drivers back Halo, it will be introduced for 2018 -- whether the teams like it or not.
Red Bull's Christian Horner said: "Only the drivers who have a contract for 2018 should be asked. Why would you ask Massa or Button?"
When asked for his opinion, Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat said: "F1 is watched by millions of fans so it's an issue of great importance for the sport.
"The final decision will still be taken by the FIA, but they want to hear the opinion of the drivers.