Post by geoff
Wouldn't have stopped Scott Dixon getting a 'slightly sore ankle' .
But that's not what it's supposed to do. No single safety measure on Indy or F1 cars covers all bases, they are part of a package and the halo, or shield or whatever gets used will be an addition to that package
Towards the end of the race there was a multi-car pile up. In one of the slomos you could see a lose rear wing from one car travel across the front of another, very close to the driver's heard. An inch or two and it would have made contact with the helmet. THAT is the sort of incident they are wanting to ward off with the halo (or whatever).
The Dixon crash showed multiple safety features at work. The strength of the safety cell itself, the roll hoops, the tethers to retain the wheels, the padding around the driver's head, the mechanisms to prevent fuel leaks.
One of the commentators said, and I agreed, that as frightening as that crash was, there were actually things to celebrate because all that Dixon complained about after was his ankle. Probably 20 years ago and certainly 30 years ago it would have played out very differently.
The safety of the modern racing car is impressive, and FIA and other authorities are right to look at ways of improving on the good things that have already been achieved.