Toro Rosso stand-in driver Brendon Hartley can’t appear to catch a break in his first Formulation One drive in 5 years. First, adjustments to the automotive’s energy unit triggered sufficient grid penalties to maneuver him to the rear of the sector firstly of the race, NBC Sports experiences. Worse but, his helmet wouldn’t keep put throughout yesterday’s apply periods.
Hartley’s full-time drive this yr is within the Porsche 919, which is a closed-cockpit Le Mans prototype the place the aerodynamics of the helmet don’t matter as they’re contained in the automotive. Nonetheless, as pit lane reporter Will Buxton famous on Twitter, the form of Hartley’s helmet merely hasn’t labored nicely for an open-cockpit F1 automotive:
The air flowing over Hartley’s closed-cockpit-spec helmet brought on it to rotate backwards on his head, which is definitely probably the most distracting feeling on earth.
Your helmet supplies your whole window out in an open-cockpit automotive, and already topics your head to intense G-forces when cornering, braking and accelerating. Throwing in a bizarre rotation into that blend is the very last thing you need whenever you’re attempting to study a brand new automotive after not having pushed any single-seaters in any respect since 2012.
Hartley can also be one of many taller
drivers this weekend, so he sticks up out of the automotive a bit greater than
most. The crew has additionally needed to alter his Hans
machine with extra padding to make it work within the F1 automotive as nicely.
Sky Sports activities’ commentators famous that a number of adjustments have been made to Hartley’s helmet forward of Free Follow three. Jalopnik has additionally reached out to Toro Rosso as to what particularly they’ve modified and can replace this publish if we hear again.
A promising radio transmission throughout Free Follow 2 appeared to recommend that Hartley’s helmet is lastly functioning because it ought to. “Preserve us posted on the helmet,” his crew radioed over. “Helmet’s all okay, helmet’s all okay,” Hartley mentioned again.