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Magnussen sees the Halo as a hazard at certain tracks


Haas' Kevin Magnussen hasn't changed his negative opinion on F1's controversial Halo, believing the safety device could actually represent a hazard at certain tracks.

The Halo's formal introduction last week in Barcelona during F1's pre-season testing was greeted with relative indifference by the drivers who, for the most part, no longer notice the mandatory component in their line of sight.

Magnussen however stills sees the element as a foreign object which only makes his work more difficult.

"It's very annoying. Ugly. Difficult to get into the car, difficult to get out of the car, difficult to get the steering wheel on and off, just awkward and annoying," he said.

The Dane even went as far as to suggest that the cockpit safety element could actually impair a driver's visibility at certain venues and in certain types of corners.

"Once you get into the corner it's fine because you look to the sides and left and right of the pillar in the middle so it's not a problem visually to see the corner," Magnussen said.

"But it distracts your eye obviously when you change direction like chicanes and you have to move your vision across the pillar.

"It's a little bit distracting but it isn't any concern as such."

However, Magnussen believes sections with elevation changes such as Eau Rouge at Spa could potentially pose a challenge to drivers.

"If you're chasing someone in Eau Rouge you won't be able to see if he makes a mistake at the top and spins if you're down the middle part," he said.

"You won't know if he's in the wall or not. I guess the same at Austin Turn 1 where there's big elevation, but we'll see."

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