Post by Sir Tim
I don’t think the halo interferes too much with the external appearance of
this year’s cars but I’ve just been watching FP1 and it certainly ruins the
in-car shots (one of my favourite features). Shots from the airbox camera
aren’t too bad but those from the side camera are almost completely
obscured by the halo.
The problem is that the camera positions are fixed in the rules. Clearly nobody thought to draw some lines and figure out what the cameras were likely to see with the halo fitted and then decided on new camera positions.
AIUI, the camera positions have to be fixed by end June of the previous year, though there is a provision for a change if all teams agree. But somebody will have spent gazillions of hours fine honing an aero package with the camera housings as per the rules and will not want to change now because of costs.
Anybody watch the opening IndyCar race? They had great camera shots. Including a nose cone camera and a helmet cam on some drivers (I presume they draw lots). They've got it thought out. New aero regs this year, and the camera positions are worked out to suit the new regs.