Vettel will be first F1 driver to try shield

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 15, 2017

Ferrari were hoping to test the screen over the cockpit over several laps at Silverstone on Friday but they were forced to abandon the plan after just a lap because Vettel did not like it.

"I tried it this morning, and I got a bit dizzy", Vettel said.

Formula 1 will test another head protection device during the British Grand Prix this weekend, with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel to run the new 'Shield' during first practice on Friday.

Calls for some form of protection for the drivers' heads have grown louder since Jules Bianchi's death in 2015 following an accident at the previous year's Japanese Grand Prix.

"I have seen it on the computer, [but] I haven't seen it in real life, I'll check it out later on". Plus you get quite a bit of downwash down the straight pushing the helmet forward.

The FIA hopes a final version of the device can be ready to be introduced in time for 2018, but if not, the halo will be used instead.

Fernando Alonso says he retains an open mind about 'Shield', after the cockpit protection concept made its track debut at Silverstone.

The popularity and reputation of the championship-leading Vettel, of Ferrari, has been severely tarnished in recent weeks while Hamilton has suffered a sequence of misfortunes to slip 20 points adrift.

"We don't make the rules". 'That was always the plan so it's on target.

"We're very interested to hear the feedback from Sebastian, especially on visibility".

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