Monza, Italy - Four days after triggering the accident in which a ‘halo’ protected Charles Leclerc from serious injury, Nico Hulkenberg admitted that he has reconsidered his views on the controversial cockpit safety device.
Speaking at a news conference ahead of this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix at the world’s fastest Formula One racing circuit, the historic Autodromo Nazionale Monza, the German driver said he retained mixed feelings, but appreciated it was "useful."
A long-time critic of the halo, Hulkenberg said: "I think, whilst I am still not a big fan of the halo and the device, I have to see the facts and admit that it does bring something to F1, especially the safety we appreciate in the car.
"So I have divided, mixed feelings about it still, but it is not down to me anyway and it is what it is. It has proven pretty useful and it a good device.
"We can only speculate on what would have happened without it, but it looks pretty clear from the point that the tyre marks were all over the halo… From that point of view, it has done a very good job to keep the head safe."