The Shield concept has emerged as the front runner cockpit protection system to be implemented in Formula 1, with the Halo and the Aeroscreen taking a backseat. (Read about it here : F1 : Halo concept out, Shield in).
Team McLaren have said that they hope a version of the Shield concept will be ready for all F1 teams to test by the time we get to the Italian Grand Prix at Monza in early September.
Photo : Girogio Piola
“We just got the drawings a couple of days ago from the FIA”, said McLaren team principal Eric Boullier during last weekend’s Russian GP.
“We are pushing for Monza at least to have something to test on the car so we will have something to test before Singapore. So we’ll try our best to be ready in Monza.”
F1 drivers have held different opinions regarding cockpit protection methods but Fernando Alonso has said that the Grand Prix Drivers Association (GPDA) will support some sort of head protection, and the FIA should work alongside teams to produce solutions.
“We don’t have much information about this new device”, said Fernando, “We only saw the drawings and things so we need to be sure it’s safe enough or is, in most cases, as good as the Halo.
“It’s not up to us to choose the device that will go into the cars, so it’s due to the FIA and to the teams to accomplish this.
“What is for sure that we support extra head protection as maximum as this protection can be.”
Graphic Designer Olcay Tuncay Karabulut made several fan renderings of what the Shield cockpit protection device could look like and you can check a few of them out below, with full credit to Olcay – (Olcay Tuncay Karabulut).
Not too shabby alonso.
Feature image courtesy : Olcay Tuncay Karabulut.
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