McLaren youngster Lando Norris hopes to adjust quickly to the “bad” Halo cockpit protection device that will be introduced to both Formula 1 and Formula 2 for the 2018 season.
F1 bosses approved the introduction of the controversial Halo for the 2018 season, with F2 following its lead by incorporating it into the new spec chassis that will debut this year in the feeder series.
Norris will race in F2 this year alongside his F1 testing and development duties with McLaren, and said he hopes to adjust quickly after having never raced with it before.
“Hopefully it’s quite quick. I had to drive with a roof in LMP2, and I managed to get used to that quite quickly – although it’s still not a Halo, it’s still different to what I’m used to,” Norris said.
“Some drivers have driven with it, probably not so much in Formula 2 and Formula 3, but people like George [Russell] I think drove with it in the Mercedes car. Some drivers have driven with it. Hopefully it’s not too much of a problem.
“I don’t think it was too much of a problem from side to side, but just through Eau Rouge or something, or Budapest going up the hill into Turn 4, that’s when they said there was more of a problem with visibility.
“If it’s like Eau Rouge or something and there’s a yellow flag at the top, it’s not always the easiest to see the yellow flag until you’re there and level and your eyesight can see it. I don’t think it will be too much of a problem for me to be honest.
“Everyone’s got to deal with it, so we’ll just have to get on with it.”
Asked by Crash.net to sum up the Halo in one word, Norris called it “bad.”
Norris set for F1 rookie days, tyre testing
The 18-year-old is poised to feature in a number of F1 test sessions for McLaren through 2018 following his maiden try-out last July, with appearances in Barcelona and Hungary thought to be likely to fulfill the team’s rookie allocation.
“I think it will be the rookie days again, so doing Budapest or the Pirelli tests like doing Brazil. I should be able to do all of those things, but confirm them earlier,” Norris said.
“I don’t think any of them have been confirmed yet. But to do all of those, and hopefully some of the tests in Barcelona or something, just so I am able to use the rookie days as much as I can and maximise.
“It’s not a lot of days, but hopefully it’s like four or five or something, including the Pirelli tests.
“That’s all I really know in terms of what I might be doing or trying to push towards this year.”