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Rosberg set to trial halo at F1 practice

dpa logodpa 24/08/2016

Mercedes and German driver Nico Rosberg will reportedly test out the halo driver head protection system during practice for the Belgian Formula One GP.

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium, Aug 24 DPA - Formula One champions Mercedes will test out the halo driver head protection system on Friday at Belgian Grand Prix practice, reported on Wednesday.

Although F1 bosses decided in July to shelve the idea until 2018, testing will continue and German driver Nico Rosberg is in line to try the device at Spa.

One of the reasons the halo would not be introduced next season was because it was felt it was not yet perfect and needed more testing.

There are worries over driver visibility, especially during elevation changes, meaning the famous up-and-down track at Spa offers a great opportunity for trying it out.

The halo, which fits over the cockpit but is anchored to the body of the car in front of the driver, is meant to prevent objects striking the helmet following a series of fatal or near-fatal incidents in recent years.

Ferrari and Red Bull have already tested the device in practice sessions this season but Red Bull say they prefer their aeroscreen idea, effectively a mini-windscreen which others have said is not yet safe enough.

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