The biggest change for this year's F1 cars is the use of the now-required "halo" cockpit protection system. One of the big concerns with its implementation is visibility—the halo might keep debris away from drivers, but will they be able to see their way around the track? A video from Mercedes-AMG F1 shows the driver's eye view from inside the newly-protected cockpit. It seems like it'll take some getting used to.
Mercedes uploaded this clip of Valtteri Bottas taking a lap of Silverstone in its new car, the W09 EQ Power+. It's shot from Bottas's point of view, so while it's shaky, it gives us a good idea of what life with the halo is like.
The center section doesn't seem to impede much visibility, but the halo is very noticeable when the driver looks up. last week, Bottas said he got used to the halo in simulator testing.
"I've done a race simulation already with the halo, and I have to say during the race I never noticed it anymore," he said. "Initially, it's something new, it looks different—some people say it's not nice at all. But I think it's only a matter of time everyone will get used to it, and if it can avoid even one injury—big or small—it's a good device."
that Bottas's boss, Mercedes team leader Toto Wolff, isn't much of a fan, however.
"I'm not impressed with the whole thing and if you give me a chainsaw I would take it off," Wolff said.