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Shield protection device to make F1 practice debut at Monza

Formula 1’s governing body, FIA is pushing ahead with track tests for the F1 new driver head cockpit protection known as ‘Shield’.

With the debated ‘Halo’ cockpit concept now dropped, it was revealed last week that the FIA now plans to instead presentation a transparent alternative next year.

And following computer and laboratory testing, the next step is planned track outings during free practice sessions in Monza [Italian Grand Prix] and Singapore Grand Prix, according to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport.

“As far as I know, we will test it before it becomes mandatory,” said Force India ace Sergio Perez.

“From an aesthetic point of view, this solution looks better than Halo,” the Mexican Perez admitted.

“Probably from safety, it is not as effective as Halo, but the FIA will work to find the optimal solution.”

Indeed, while some drivers are supportive of the push for better cockpit protection, others are not.

“Let’s talk about something else,” said Renault’s speedy Nico Hulkenberg when asked in Sochi.

Formula 1 young sensation, Max Verstappen added: “They should leave the cars as they are. Formula one is about racing with open cars and there is always some risk.”

And the Dutch young added: “Of course the FIA listens to what we have to say, but in the end it’s not the drivers who will decide.”

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