This is about how anti-anti-halo I am. Not pro-halo, I'm pretty ambivalent about it. I'm just annoyed by the arguments everyone is using. The plan here is to lay out all of my halo opinions, so that in future when I see a halo argument, I can look down at everyone from a balcony and laugh at them.
Anthony Davidson said that the real reason we all hate it is that it's ugly, and he's right. All this other crap about the "DNA of Formula One", a phrase which also annoys me but that's tangential even by rant standards, that's a distraction. A red herring. Everything is "not Formula One" until it's done. Besides, F1 is still open cockpit. Look at the top of the cockpit. Is it covered? Mostly not. (And we're all waiting for canopies now anyway, especially people anti-halo.) Same thing with the possible dangers of the halo that don't swing the balance of risks. It doesn't affect the argument and it just shows that you know "it's ugly" isn't enough up against something as big and objective as safety.
Narrow rear wings are ugly. Shark fins are ugly. (By ugly here, I mean popularly called ugly.) And just like what happened with everyone with both of those, I've already kind of stopped noticing the halo. It'll be "supposed to be there" before I realise it. More importantly, whatever the car looks like, good or bad, I'm too distracted by the actual racing. Formula E's front wing looks pretty bad to me, but I'm not constantly bothered by it. LMPs look cool as hell to me, beaten only by 1990s F1, but I'm not lifted up by that when I'm watching them.
Imagine if the halo had been around since the 1960s or '70s, as long as you've been watching is what really matters, as an agreed-upon indispensable safety feature, akin to the roll hoop. Most people think the cars would look better without them, but there's wide agreement it'd be stupid not to have them. Maybe there are some stragglers, North America perhaps, for a few years before they're convinced by a death, career-ending injury, or close call. By this decade, the rare anti-halo (canopy?) sentiment is compared to being against today's relatively high cockpit sides. ("You know when else you can't see the drivers? When they're in a coffin." is an annoying oft-repeated joke in this universe.) Anyway, over the decades, there's a saved life here and there, and a few close calls indistinguishable from saved lives. Then in 2017 or '18, as part of the FIA's intention to make the cars "sexier", the halo/canopy is removed. Removing this element of safety, that we've seen plenty of things bounce off over the years, just to make the cars look better. Would anyone like that?
So try to forget the temporal issue, which isn't really possible but at least try, and ask yourself what's more important: a bit of beauty, or a bit of safety. Safety, right? Duh. That's not sarcastic, it's that easy. As I said, you'll forget it's there anyway, if the racing is what you most care about.
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