Photos sent in by a spectator at the Spanish Grand Prix weekend in Barcelona, have shed light on how close F2 driver Tadasuke Makino came to a serious injury or worse in his accident with fellow competitor Nirei Fukuzumi during Sunday’s sprint race.
Makino has said the halo device – which has proved a controversial addition to F1 and F2 cars for this year because of the way it obscures fans’ view of the drivers and its overall aesthetics – saved his life in his accident.
These images would appear to bear this out.
The accident is reminiscent of that between Romain Grosjean and Fernando Alonso at the first corner at Spa in 2012. But this F2 incident shows that the car climbing on top of the other would probably have hit Makino’s head without the halo.
Proponents of the halo will see this as a vindication of their argument that it was only a matter of time before a car, a wheel or a large object made contact with a driver’s head with fatal consequences.
“The first time I tested this car I didn’t think the halo was good, because it’s difficult to see anything, but today the halo helped me,” said Makino.
“It’s really important. I understand how the halo works now.
“I don’t know what happened, but without the halo I think the tyre would have hit my helmet.”
The incident and these images are likely to come up at the F1 and F2 drivers’ briefings in Monaco next weekend.
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