The FIA have released a statement following the meeting of the F1 Strategy Group whom unanimously agreed to defer introduction of cockpit head protection until the beginning of the 2018 Formula One season. “It was decided that owing to the relatively short timeframe until the commencement of the 2017 Formula One season it would be prudent to use the remainder of this year and early next year to further evaluate the full potential of all options before final confirmation,” “This will include undertaking multiple on-track tests of the ‘Halo’ system in practice sessions during the rest of this season and during the first part of the 2017 season. “While the Halo is currently the preferred option, as it provides the broadest solution to date, the consensus among the Strategy Group was that another year of development could result in an even more complete solution." “Halo remains a strong option for introduction in 2018.” Whilst the FIA did acknowledge that the 'Halo' concept is "currently the preferred option" the F1 Strategy Group have elected to delay introduction of a head protect solution for a further year to allow due consideration and testing of possible options available to Formula One teams post 2017. Opinion is divided amongst the current crop of Grand Prix drivers on the topic of head protect, with many fans voicing concerns over the aesthetic properties of solutions track tested so far. Ferrari have famously used an early 'Halo' concept and RedBull have also introduced a protective screen similar to those seen in military fighter aircraft (below): It is understood the decision to defer cockpit head protection has met with unanimous approval from team bosses at the Geneva meeting, however many drivers on the grid have voiced support for the idea over recent weeks, with notable names such as Sebastian Vettel, Nico Rosberg and Daniel Ricciardo giving their support of a head protection system during the German Grand Prix build up on Thursday. The FIA have confirmed development will continue to take place with "multiple track tests'" during practice sessions for the remainder of 2016 and into the 2017 season. More news and reaction to follow... Keep up to date with the latest Formula One discussions and news at the RaceDepartment Formula One sub forum. Post your comments, ask a question and interact with you fellow community members right now. Do you agree with the decision to delay cockpit protection to 2018? Do you like the Halo concept? Share your opinions below!