Defending Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton says that, Red Bull’s ‘aeroscreen’ looks so bad and It looks like a bloody ‘riot shield ‘ and that F1 would be better off committing to a complete jet fighter style canopy cockpit safety concept.
“If they’re going to do this, close the cockpit like a fighter jet,” Hamilton is quoted as saying by Autosport.
“Don’t half-arse it. Go one way or the other. That screen looks so bad. It looks like a bloody riot shield.
“You’ve got this cool, elegant futuristic Formula 1 car, and you’ve got a riot shield sitting on top of it. And the other one [halo], the carbon fibre structure was obviously good but Fernando [Alonso] wouldn’t have been able to get out of the car potentially in his crash in Melbourne.
“But on top of that, it is a good thing to see the FIA does take safety seriously. It is a constant thing that always needs to be worked on – as long as it doesn’t affect the aesthetics, the style and the coolness of Formula 1.”
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The Brit also believes an element of danger is key to Formula 1’s appeal.
“When I get in that car, I know that there is a danger, that’s been the same since I started when I was eight years old. said Hamilton.
“That’s a risk that I am willing to take and that every single driver that’s ever got in the car has been willing to take.
“You look at Formula 1 as a kid and think ‘these guys, they’re crazy, they could die at any moment…Everyone comes to me who’s just started watching Formula 1 and says ‘oh it’s so dangerous’.
“That’s a large part of why they are so in awe of what you do. Take away all that and that person could do it, almost.”
— Red Bull Racing (@redbullracing) April 28, 2016