The FIA have released an image showing the new cockpit safety concept – The Shield – which will be trialed during Friday practice for next week’s British Grand Prix.
The shield deviates from the previously unpopular halo system, in that it stays true to the open cockpit concept that many feel is part and parcel of the Formula 1 ethos.
In a press release, the FIA said: “A transparent open canopy system constructed using polycarbonate, the Shield is aimed at providing significant protection from debris, while ensuring unrestricted forward vision for the driver.”
“A possible geometry [shown above] has been developed and the FIA is currently working with teams in Formula One on further defining its geometry. A number of indoor and outdoor tests are currently being conducted and the Federation’s target is to carry out a first full track test at Monza in September.”
“However, in an effort to get initial feedback from drivers at the earliest possible stage of development, a short track will be conducted at next weekend’s British Grand Prix, in the first free practice session. The test will be conducted with Ferrari.”
Big Question: Does Formula 1 need a cockpit shield?