Sport governing body FIA revealed the first official image of the Shield prototype during the Austrian Grand Prix weekend. Further tests are planned at the Italian Grand Prix in September to judge whether the design could be introduced in 2018.
The Ferrari ace Sebastian Vettel says that, on Thursday that he had not seen the protection system before it was installed.
“I have seen it on the computer, [but] I haven’t seen it in real life, I’ll check it out later on. Then obviously it depends on how it feels tomorrow,” Vettel said.
FIA explained about the new ‘Shield’ cockpit protection system – “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 this race weekend’s British Grand Prix, in the first free practice session. The test will be conducted with Ferrari.”