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They should paint the halos to make it easier to tell drivers apart


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#1 SophieB

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Posted 25 May 2019 - 15:40

Inspired by watching even Ant on Sky unsure which driver he was looking at, and the possibilities suggested by the red Lauda tribute halos. If we MUST have them, why not paint the second driver’s halo a distinctive colour, like they do with the t bar? Because what they have now isn’t enough.

Understanding who you’re looking at in a F1 race should be obvious at a glance.

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#2 BuddyHolly

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Posted 25 May 2019 - 15:43

I loathe the vile things but I totally agree with you here, if we must have them then yes, lets colour them so we can more easily tell who's who.



#3 Marklar

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Posted 25 May 2019 - 15:48

I'm surprised that the FIA never thought about that. Maybe it's because of sponsors, but then again I reckon every team has more than one color fitting to their design, so that shouldnt be a issue actually.



#4 Stephane

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Posted 25 May 2019 - 15:49

There's already the camera color for this. But it would be so much more visible if the Halo was part of the identification tools

#5 Requiem84

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Posted 25 May 2019 - 15:49

Jup, perfect idea.

#6 Barty

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Posted 25 May 2019 - 17:26

Both Croft and Brundle had trouble identifying the Haases as well today, despite the numbers being clearly shown in the shots...



#7 Anja

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Posted 25 May 2019 - 17:30

I was always against this idea, thinking that the halo should be as neutral as possible color-wise to minimize its visual impact, but the red tribute actually looks pretty nice. 



#8 DutchQuicksilver

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Posted 25 May 2019 - 17:36

I'm surprised that the FIA never thought about that. Maybe it's because of sponsors, but then again I reckon every team has more than one color fitting to their design, so that shouldnt be a issue actually.

Probably because the FIA still finds them repulsive as well. Painting them in a fluorescent bright yellow makes them even more visually present than they already are.

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Posted 25 May 2019 - 17:41

There wasn't a problem when Lewis' number was red, why change it?



#10 Counterbalance

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Posted 25 May 2019 - 17:48

Lewis Hamilton should get his blinged up in a gold design just to piss certain people off. You could 100% guarantee the same people would laud the porridge coloured halo on the other side of the garage.

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Posted 25 May 2019 - 19:05

Why don’t we just allow teams to have different liveries on their cars? We don’t need to spite Craig Pollock any more.

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Posted 25 May 2019 - 19:06

Inspired by watching even Ant on Sky unsure which driver he was looking at, and the possibilities suggested by the red Lauda tribute halos. If we MUST have them, why not paint the second driver’s halo a distinctive colour, like they do with the t bar? Because what they have now isn’t enough.

Understanding who you’re looking at in a F1 race should be obvious at a glance.


Not a bad idea considering you can't see the crash helmets to ID the drivers, but not sure attention should be drawn to the halo. :)

#13 ANF

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Posted 25 May 2019 - 19:12

I prefer having different colours on the cameras. Or even better actually: different colours on the wing mirrors.

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Posted 25 May 2019 - 19:20

They should paint the Halos so that they're as hidden as possible  :lol: . Paint the mirrors and T Camera to distinguish drivers



#15 StanBarrett2

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Posted 25 May 2019 - 19:47

If you don't know which driver is where you're not paying attention

Otherwise bring back those chaps who walked in front of a car with a coloured flag ?                 oh wait



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Posted 25 May 2019 - 20:31

If you don't know which driver is where you're not paying attention
Otherwise bring back those chaps who walked in front of a car with a coloured flag ? oh wait

So when they do a quick change of camera you always know exactly which driver your looking at? The experts are having problems with it, so I don't believe your as good at it as you appear to claim.

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Posted 25 May 2019 - 20:47

Interestingly today when I saw a long shot of the Mercedes the first few times I immediately thought of Schumacher from when he drove for Mercedes.

 

I was generally in favour of hiding the halo as much as possible, but if it makes driver identification easier then that might be the best way to go. They should still paint the halos to minimise the visual impact of it though, e.g. painting the underside of it black to make it appear thinner.

 

Why don’t we just allow teams to have different liveries on their cars? We don’t need to spite Craig Pollock any more.

 

Please no. The consistency of liveries really helps identify team mates, and I'm sure it must make it much easier for new fans. I also fear it would be a slippery slope towards having liveries that change from race to race. Indycar has both of those things and it makes it harder to follow as a result.


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#18 Sterzo

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Posted 25 May 2019 - 20:55

It's a good idea. Very similar to the old fifties method of a differently coloured nosecone. But let's also have non-stylised large and legible numbers (fifties) and large drivers' names on the side of the car (sixties).

 

It would also help if drivers wore helmets with colour schemes, rather than random splashes of paint, stickers and other camouflage. (Fifties, sixties, seventies).



#19 paulb

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Posted 25 May 2019 - 20:58

Invisible paint would be perfect.



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#20 TheFish

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Posted 26 May 2019 - 06:02

Should match it to the helmet. It’s s nightmare when you’re at the race now.

#21 RedBaron

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Posted 26 May 2019 - 06:24

If done at all it has to be solid colours only.

Then you're limited to only a few colours that would look good. The Mercedes red halo does look good.

Then those colours need to compliment the rest of the car as well.

I think it could get very ugly very quickly. I'd rather they were black and discreet and get the driver wrong now and then. T cam does help a lot as it is.

#22 Marklar

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Posted 26 May 2019 - 06:30


Please no. The consistency of liveries really helps identify team mates, and I'm sure it must make it much easier for new fans.

Actually in that way you can a bit hide for the very casual fan that there is one team dominating all the time :p

#23 cheekybru

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Posted 26 May 2019 - 10:06

Something must be done, it is much too hard to ID them at the moment now we can't see the helmets

As a more than causal fan (watched every race since 2007 and most races since 1994) I have no idea about the T bar paint, and rely on the helmet (hidden by halo on most shots) and the number (too small and not enough contrast)

#24 cheekybru

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Posted 26 May 2019 - 10:12

Numbers should be on a contrasting coloured circle, like t'old days

Would look great too

#25 Laminar

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Posted 26 May 2019 - 10:12

Ye lets make the cars even uglier than they already are. Nothing much to lose anymore.



#26 YoungGun

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Posted 26 May 2019 - 10:24

Why settle for a different coloured halo?  Lets go all out with two different distinctive liveries. 



#27 BobbyRicky

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Posted 26 May 2019 - 10:32

So when they do a quick change of camera you always know exactly which driver your looking at? The experts are having problems with it, so I don't believe your as good at it as you appear to claim.

 

It is super-easy to spot which driver is in which car since the numbers are so visible.



#28 MikeV1987

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Posted 26 May 2019 - 10:39

They are enough of an eye sore as is.

#29 d246

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Posted 26 May 2019 - 10:40

A couple of fluorescent flashes on the rear wing used to be an effective way of identifying Alesi / Berger in the Ferraris a few years back. It certainly needs something done as it's becoming really difficult to identify the drivers in some cases. It shouldn't have to be an effort. 



#30 cheekybru

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Posted 26 May 2019 - 11:32

Only just noticed Lewis's grey 44,no wonder I can't spot it anymore God who gives them the "ok" for these things