Welcome to The Grid, R&T's quick roundup of the auto industry and motorsports news you should know this morning.
F1's new halo has been implemented with basically no issues on every car running the 2018 championship. However, Haas F1 driver Kevin Magnussen is not a fan and sees issues with the halo, like how it's harder to get in and out of the car. But there's another issue that could be bigger.
Magnussen believes that the halo in certain corners during races, like Eau Rouge at Spa. That's because he believes while going up a hill, the view of a car in front could be blocked. So if the car in front spins or crashes, you'd have less time to react.
The Bronco and Ranger are returning next year. That's good! Because of the return, Ford's Michigan assembly plant to retool. The company will temporarily lay off 2,000 workers to update the plant for the Ranger and Bronco.
It'll reopen in October to start Ranger production. The Bronco will go into production after the Ranger as a 2020 model.
Toro Rosso Not Shocked
Toro Rosso had a great first F1 test with Honda power, and it was surprising to almost everyone outside the sport that Honda didn't have any major issues and was really reliable. Everyone but Toro Rosso, apparently.
Toro Rosso's technical director James Key spoke to Racer at length about how the partnership is working, and it seems to be really smooth. You can