Formula 1's halo cockpit protector serves a necessary function, helping keep drivers' heads safe, but the flip-flop aesthetic of these devices hasn't won many fans. They don't look great on TV, either. But F1 has come up with a clever way of dealing with the halo's presence: Sweet graphics.
For this weekend's Azerbaijan Grand Prix, F1 has come up with a cool graphic telemetry display overlaid on the halo. To show off these graphics, the racing organization released a graphics-included video of Sauber driver Charles Leclerc driving around the circuit during practice.
Of course, telemetry displays in F1 broadcasts aren't anything new, but this is a clever move on the part of the series. As clever as McLaren getting a flip-flop sponsor for its halo? Perhaps not, but arguably better for the fans watching on TV.
F1 is making lemonade out of lemons here, and it's smart. You'll be able to see these halo graphics during the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, which will be broadcast on ESPN2 this Sunday at 8:05 AM.