F1 Halo Proves Its Worth During Belgian Grand Prix Crash

Fernando Alonso crashes during the Belgian Formula One Grand

His Sauber vehicle bore the scars instead, tyre marks showing where Fernando Alonso's McLaren had bashed against the bodywork and halo as it flew over the 20-year-old Monegasque rookie's head.

FIA safety delegate Charlie Whiting believes Charles Leclerc would likely have been struck in the helmet by part of Fernando Alonso's vehicle had it not been for his Halo in the Belgian Grand Prix.

Hulkenberg missed his braking point and rammed the Spaniard, whose airborne vehicle skimmed the halo-fitted cockpit of Leclerc's Sauber.

Meanwhile, with all three drivers involved in the accident emerging unscathed, tributes were paid to F1's new-for-2018 halo head protection device after Alonso's vehicle and wheels went over the top of Leclerc's.

Spanish driver Alonso also credited the system with saving the Sauber driver, saying: "I saw the replay and how good was the proof for the halo".

"Definitely, the halo probably helped today", stated Leclerc during his post-race media interview, while Alonso called the incident "good proof" of the efficacy of the system.

Leclerc, Alonso and Hulkenberg all retired from the race on lap 1, and Kimi Raikkonen later retired due to issues stemming from a lap-1 incident.

The FIA has been looking at ways to improve cockpit protection and limit the risk of head injuries, after French F1 driver Jules Bianchi - who was a close friend of Leclerc's - died in July 2015 and British IndyCar driver Justin Wilson died a month later.

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"I felt the impact and looking at the image it is quite spectacular".

F1 uploaded a video to Twitter on Monday that was shot from Leclerc's auto, showing a close-up of Alonso flying past the Sauber man's head.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff threatened to take a chainsaw to the Halo before the season started, saying he was "not impressed with the whole thing". It could have been very nasty.

It was a huge shunt and one reminiscent of Romain Grosjean's own airborne incident at the start at Spa several years ago. The 31-year old also had three penalty points on his FIA super license.

"Nico totally missed the braking point and he played bowling with us", Alonso added.

"It's sad because you know to miss so much the breaking point is not a couple of metres".

"It's good news that all three of us are ok".

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