Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel will be the first F1 driver to trial the Shield cockpit protection system when he uses it in free practice today at the British Grand Prix.
The Shield is a see-through screen extending along the nose of the car designed to function as a cockpit protection device for the drivers.
It is being produced by Isoclima, an Italian high tech security glass company.
The Shield is currently viewed as a better alternative to the Halo cockpit protection system, and if testing goes well, the Shield shall be introduced for the 2018 season. If not, the FIA plan on introducing the Halo anyway.
Amidst concerns from Red Bull boss Christian Horner that the introduction of the Shield has been a bit rushed, Ferrari have installed it onto their car and are ready for Friday testing.
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“I will run it tomorrow, we’ll see for how long”, said Vettel on Thursday speaking to the media in Silverstone. “I have seen it on the computer but I haven’t seen it in real life. I’ll have to check it out later on, then obviously it depends on how it feels tomorrow.”
The Ferrari mechanics have since installed it onto the car, and Seb Vettel has had a look around the cockpit protection system he shall trial today.
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– Aditya Bhat.