How F1 found itself torn in two

How F1 found itself torn in two

A divisive dilution of the very DNA of Formula 1, or the natural next step in a long line of safety improvements? F1 Racing talks to those dealing with the arrival of the holy roll hoop - the halo. Words by Justin Hynes, illustrations Emma and Dean Wright

Minutes after the FIA announced, last July, its decision to mandate the use of the halo head-protection device for 2018, the Twittersphere went into meltdown.

Amid the looping memes of Luke Skywalker howling disbelief into the ether and repeated images of flip-flops pasted onto chassis tops, fans also verbally vented their fury. "F1 feels the need to do something for the sake of doing something," read one. "Can we ban the FIA for bringing the sport into disrepute?" fumed another. Many more simply responded via the pithy hashtag #fuckhalo.

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