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Formula 1 - a 'gladiatorial' sport - wants to rename the Halo!


Formula 1's team bosses apparently have an issue with the 'Halo' cockpit safety device set for a mandatory introduction in 2017: its name!

The safety component has been decried by fans and many within F1 since its emergence a year ago, and even more so since the announcement of its mandatory presence on cars from next season.

The FIA has enforced its controversial decision however, and now team bosses want to change its name, with a discussion on the matter put on the agenda of F1's next Strategy Group meeting scheduled for November 7.

"We’re supposed to be a gladiatorial sport, and then we give the device an angelic name," a senior F1 source told Motorsport.com.

"We have various options [for a new name], but it could be something like ‘safety cage’."

'Safety cage' is certainly a straightforward and simple terminology, although if F1 is indeed 'gladatorial' - a word synonymous with exciting and brave combats - one could argue that the very presence of the Halo rather defeats the purpose.

Unfortunately, that argument was put to rest a long time ago...

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