F1 cars could be half a second per lap slower in 2018.
That’s due to the introduction of the halo safety innovation, which weighs just over 30 pounds, according to Auto Motor und Sport.
But it’s the way the car looks that seems more of a concern to many F1 fans, as well as drivers including newly crowned 2017 world champion Lewis Hamilton.
„This is the last race of the era of cars looking good, I think,“ he said in Abu Dhabi.
„I think from next year it’s all downhill in terms of how it looks — but safety will go up, at least.“
There is still time for some change. Halo devices themselves might look better once they debut next year.
Teams are allowed to play with the aerodynamics of the upper surface of the structure, and in Abu Dhabi, the Haas team tested a version with serrated details.
„I don’t think it (the impact of the halo) is going to be as dramatic as most people make it out to be,“ said Daniel Ricciardo. „It should be fine.“