FIA announced that the Halo cockpit protection system will be used in the next season, during a meeting of the Formula One Strategy Group the discussion was announced. The Halo is designed to reduce the risk of injury from debris or other objects striking a driver’s head, different protection devices has been tested on the track by the drivers and FIA confirmed that the Halo is the solution to protect the drivers from head injuries.
Full statement from the FIA:
Today the Formula One Strategy Group met to discuss a number of issues regarding the FIA Formula One World Championship. For the first time, all teams competing in the FIA Formula One World Championship were present at the meeting with observers from Renault Sport Formula One Team, Scuderia Toro Rosso, Sauber F1 Team and Haas F1 Team in attendance.
Frontal cockpit protection
Following the unanimous agreement of the Strategy Group, in July 2016, to introduce additional frontal protection for Formula One and the repeated support from the drivers, the FIA confirms the introduction of the Halo for 2018. With the support of the teams, certain features of its design will be further enhanced.
Having developed and evaluated a large number of devices over the past five years, it had become clear that the Halo presents the best overall safety performance.
*statement source: Formula 1 website.