Sebastian Vettel: Halo can be 'as ugly as possible' if it saves lives

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Sebastian Vettel says "ugly" cannot be a reason to not adopt the Halo safety concept if it prevents future deaths.

Like team-mate Kimi Raikkonen a day earlier, Vettel completed a single lap with the Halo device fitted to his car on the final day of testing in Barcelona. The German is one of two directors of the Grand Prix Drivers' Association and has been a keen advocate of improving driver safety.

One major criticism of the Halo since being unveiled by Ferrari yesterday has centred around how it looks, with several drivers among the fiercest opponents of its introduction, but Vettel does not think that is a valid reason for not pursuing the device.

"In principal, I agree it doesn't look very nice," Vettel said. "It's not the picture you are used to for Formula One for a long time. But equally if it helps increase the safety and helps saving lives ... There would be at least two drivers in the last four years that I remember would still be around, Henry Surtees and Justin Wilson, if we had this type of system. I think it can be as ugly as possible - nothing justifies not having these guys around any more."

Surtees, son of former F1 champion John, was killed at a at 2009 Formula 2 race at Brands Hatch when a tyre bounced across the track and struck him on the head. Last year, former F1 driver Wilson was killed when he was hit by a loose piece of debris in an IndyCar race at Pocono.

Speaking of his impressions from driving with the Halo fitted to his car, Vettel said the concept will only get better over time.

"I think first of all to go round is OK, you can see what you need to see. I think we can improve the system in terms of aesthetics, and also in terms of how much visibly is in your way. I tested it I the simulator and I think we will see evolutions of it very soon."