Toro Rosso rookie Pierre Gasly has complained about the Halo which he claims rips his race suit and made it clear that he does not like the “weird” safety device now mandatory in Formula 1.
Gasly told reporters after his first day in the cockpit of the Toro Rosso STR13, “I don’t like it, it’s a big mess to get in and out of the car. I think my suit is already broken, we will have to ask Alpine Stars for many [race] suits this year.”
“Already, it’s only the first day and I have many holes on the back. You need to be a lot backwards, to slide in the car. It’s actually quite weird.
“And with all the winglets you have on the halo, you cannot pull [yourself out], to get out you cannot really touch it. It’s quite weird conditions, but nothing really important. I just prefer the old cars.”
But Gasly was adamant that only getting into and out of the car was displeasing him and added, “To drive with it, it doesn’t make a big difference. In terms of visibility, it’s the same.
“Of course you see something on top of you, which is a bit weird, but when you start to drive you focus, you’re just paying attention to your driving and you don’t really see it. But to get in the car and get out is quite a big challenge.”
Asked if the Halo could cause delays for a driver getting out of the cockpit in an accident situation he replied, “It could take a bit longer, that’s for sure. It doesn’t worry me because I don’t think about any bad things.”
“That’s what we have for this year, I don’t know if we will have it the next couple of years, but we’ll have to get used to it,” added Gasly.