Between safety and style, it’s pretty obvious which takes a higher slot on the importance list—unless, of course, you’re three-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton. In that case, forget the safety aspect of it all. It’s better that your 200-plus mph racing vehicle looks good, while going 200-plus mph.
Hamilton voiced that sentiment toward a newly proposed safety feature for F1, a “halo” device designed for cockpit protection. The introduction of the device comes after the recent deaths of several open-wheel racers, including Justin Wilson and Jules Bianchi. F1 drivers called for closed cockpits by 2017 just last month, and the halo concept made its public debut with Scuderia Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen at an F1 test session in Barcelona, Spain.