Ferrari will conduct static tests of an updated halo Formula 1 cockpit protection device in the Red Bull Ring’s pitlane on Thursday afternoon, ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix.
The fresh tests include extrication, to see how quickly a driver can remove himself from the cockpit of the car with the device fitted.
Sebastian Vettel looks set to then complete an installation lap with the updated halo on his Ferrari at the start of first practice on Friday morning.
Ferrari initially trialled the halo during pre-season testing at Barcelona in February, with Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen conducting an installation lap apiece.
The halo received mixed reviews and, despite competition since from Red Bull’s aeroscreen, has emerged as the preferred option and is set to be on all F1 cars for the 2017 season.
Developed in conjunction with the FIA, and following numerous tests, Ferrari’s ‘halo 2’ is made of titanium and therefore much lighter but just as robust, and is now more refined in terms of its overall structure.
Autosport understands further improvements are required and that another update – effectively ‘halo 3’ – will be forthcoming ahead of its planned 2017 introduction.
A further Technical Regulation Meeting is scheduled next week between the Austrian and British GPs, with the halo prominent on the agenda.
After the meeting, the FIA is then due to confirm the mandatory introduction of the system for all cars for 2017.