Have you seen the new flip-flop shaped Formula One car?

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Which team won the 2017 Constructors championship?

Correct! Wrong!

Mercedes won its fourth consecutive Formula One constructors' championship with three races to spare in 2017.

Who won the 2017 Drivers Championship?

Correct! Wrong!

Lewis Hamilton has won three Formula 1 Drivers’ Championships in the last four seasons and the only person to beat the Mercedes driver was his former teammate and 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg.

“Okay, here we go. Focus.  Speed.  Faster than fast, quicker than quick. I am Lightning” said by none other than the famous Lightning McQueen, while he races for the Piston Cup in the Disney animated movie series, Cars, and finally posing for reporters with his notorious catchphrase “Ka-chow!

Let us now shift focus from reel life racing to real life car racing and the upcoming Formula One World Championship season starting with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on 25th March 2018.

The hot topic this season is the new mechanical part added to the cars.

So, what is this new additional feature?
As the cars line up at the start line, they will all share one new characteristic: a clunky looking T-shaped part above the cockpit of the car, directly in the driver’s eye line. This component made of carbon fiber and metal is known as the Halo. It is a safety device put into the cockpits of these fancy race cars, to protect the race car driver’s head in crashes. It can also deflect flying objects, like a wheel flung loose from an accident ahead.

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Photo Credit: motorsport.com

How does the Halo change the look of the car? It is jokingly said that the Halo makes the new cars look like a pair of Flip Flops (rubber chappals)!

Most teams have had to redesign their cars around this new feature.  They feel the aesthetics of the Halo are not sleek and “Formula One – like.”

How do people feel about the Halo?

As the Halo makes its debut in the Formula one sport this season, we have four groups waiting with baited breath –

The sponsors who are rejoicing at the addition of the Halo as they will get more premium advertising space as it will be the most visible part of the car on a close-up shot.

The FIA (Formula One Association) is trying to make this super-fast sport as safe as possible and is very strict about the Halo addition as it could potentially save a driver’s life.

The engineers and drivers who initially protested but have now quietly relented and are gearing up with practice runs so they can get used to the new Halo cars.

F1 enthusiasts who just can’t wait for the 2018 season to start and root for their favourite team.


Shruti Divecha was a graphic and textile designer by profession till her curiosity filled daughter pulled out the writer inside her. She writes stories, GK nuggets and teaches recycled crafts to children.

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