Formula 1: Chinese driver Zhou saved thanks to Halo… but what is it?

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Formula 1: Alfa Romeo driver Guanyu Zhou saved his life in the Silverstone GP accident thanks to the Halo protection system. All the details.

L’Halothe protection on the helmet of the pilots of Formula 1probably saved the life of Guanyu Zhou during the Silverstone Grand Prix last sunday at Britain.

Guanyu Zhou (Instagram)

A few meters after the start, theAlfa Romeo driven by the Chinese champion overturned, skidding several meters on the asphalt towards the barriers at very high speed. HAS accident scary incident which also destroyed the rollbarThis is the vertical protection used to save the lives of drivers in the event of a car rollover.

Thanks toHaloGuanyu was saved without suffering any broken bones. In recent years, important measures have been taken regarding the safety of single-seaters in Formula 1.

In the 1950s, for seven years, Manuel Fangio managed to win five world titles in F1. Thirty-five drivers lost their lives during those years.

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Formula 1, what the Halo driver rescue device looks like

A few years ago appeared the Halo, a protection system that had initially been the subject of some criticism. In fact, some insiders criticized it from an aesthetic standpoint.

Guanyu Zhou (Instagram)

Above all Niki Lauda said the Halo distorted the very essence of racing cars. He was also skeptical Lewis Hamilton who described him as ” the worst modification in the history of Formula 1“.

However, the latter backtracked on the safety benefits and even complained about not being adopted in the following 2017 season.

Indeed, according to a simulation carried out by the FIAUsing data from forty actual crashes, use of the system resulted in a seventeen percent increase in driver survival rates.

The Halo consists of a bracket around the driver’s helmet, similar to a halo, attached to three places on the car. Its weight is nine kilograms. It is made of grade 5 titanium (a material usually used in the aerospace industry) to support a vertical and lateral weight of 12,000 kilograms.

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