Kimi Raikkonen tests F1's halo head protection system on Ferrari

Formula 1's proposed halo driver head protection system has appeared on a car for the first time, Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari during pre-season testing

Kimi Raikkonen tests F1's halo head protection system on Ferrari

Having developed the system in conjunction with Mercedes, the FIA confirmed last week it is working to "make this a reality" for the 2017 season.

Ferrari: Raikkonen says visibility with halo "was OK"

Further testing has been undertaken on an airfield in the south of England, firing projectiles at the framework at high speed.

"We have tried to accelerate this project in the last 12 months with an aim to have something that we can practically apply on F1 cars for 2017," FIA safety director Laurent Mekies said in the governing body's official Auto publication.

"This latest test was set up with that in mind - trying to come out from there with something that we could actually say, 'that's going to be a significant step forward'."

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Following that work, Raikkonen turned his installation lap of Circuit de Catalunya on Thursday morning with the device fitted to his Ferrari SF16-H.

Ferrari told Autosport that the device will not be used again today.

The halo trialled was a temporary fix, rather than having a hinge that would allow for easier extraction, complicating how Raikkonen climbed aboard the car when it was attached.

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