In cycling, the man most recently seen in the maillot jaune, or yellow jersey, has been Chris Froom and while cycling has a long tradition with the color of the jersey the race leader wears, Formula 1 might entertain something similar in order to make use of the rather unsightly HALO device they are imposing for the 2018 season.
FIA president, Jean Todt, was rather keen on the idea of using a yellow HALO device for the championship leader:
“I think there are some clever ideas,” said Todt.
“I heard one idea that I quite like, we should give a different colour of Halo to the leader of the world championship.
“I want to see the name and the number of the cars, which we cannot see. So maybe it will be one opportunity to give that – even if I hear already that teams have sold the space to sponsors. So lucky them!”
Chances are the HALO will look slightly different than the ones tested in 2017 because there is some allowance for slight aero affect and possible sponsor space will be a consideration as the HALO would be very prominent in just about every picture or angle of the car on TV. There won’t be much space to advertise on but it will be interesting to see who gets the most creative with what limited space there is.
On the other hand, why stop at just yellow for the leader? Why not do what the Le Tour de France does and offer a green HALO for something, a polka dot HALO for something else and a white HALO for yet another element. Driver of the race in the last race, rookie of the year, fastest lap etc.
Maybe we could even use the HALO for Most prolific tweeter, most likely to succeed, biggest class clown and most punished. Who knows? Maybe it would be better to put LED’s on them and run messages like, GP2 engine! GP 2 engine! Or STEERING WHEEL!
Hat Tip: Motorsport