British F2 Grand Prix: Roy Nissany saved by halo in horrific crash

Ewan Gale

The halo has been proven to be a valuable addition to motorsport with a rescue role in a scary crash in British F2 racing.

Roy Nissany and Dennis Hauger were battling on the opening lap of the pre-British Grand Prix support race when the Israeli driver forced his rival off the track with contact at the Vale entrance.

Hauger, whose right front tire was ripped from the rim, was helpless to stop his car from skidding on the grass on the inside of the left turn.

The Red Bull junior’s car slammed into the sausage’s inner curb, propelling it into the air, with the Prema’s foredeck and floor section connecting to Nissany’s halo, preventing what would almost certainly have been a fatal crash.

This is the latest in a series of important vital performances from the halo support system, following the 2018 Belgian Grand Prix start crash where Fernando Alonso landed on Charles Leclerc and the Max Verstappen-Lewis Hamilton clash at Monza last season.

The incident again brought to light the safety issues associated with the use of sausage curbs, given the potential to launch cars out of control through the air.

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