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Red Bull will run again with Aeroscreen in FFP in Spain and Monaco

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Red Bull will run again with Aeroscreen in FFP in Spain and Monaco

Red Bull will run again with Aeroscreen in FFP in Spain and Monaco

Red Bull set for further test its Aeroscreen at the Spanish and Monaco Grands Prix, and set a deadline of July 1 to agree which cockpit protection concept will be introduced for the 2017 Formula 1.

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo made debuts its “Aeroscreen” during practice at the Sochi, Russia on Friday.

Following the test run, Ricciardo said he had no problems with the visibility of the Aeroscreen, there is still a question as to how tough it is.

“Red Bull are going to run it again in free practice in Spain and Monaco,” confirmed the FIA’s race director Charlie Whiting.

“This time we hope they will have sourced, and they are optimistic they can, some anti glare coating for the inside – as we understand it can be quite difficult where you have tall buildings, trees, low sun, and those sorts of effects that you will probably get in Monaco and Monza, where there are natural features.

“And there will also be a coating for the outside that will repel rain and prevent things sticking to it.”

Red Bull’s aeroscreen and Ferrari halo device, both are under consideration. Whiting said the target was to have everything sorted “to the point that the teams can design their chassis” by July 1 given the sweeping changes to the 2017 aerodynamic regulations.

Sky Sports F1 pundits Martin Brundle and Johnny Herbert were also unconvinced by the canopy.

“That’s something I’d have expected the great Douglas Bader to have climbed out from, to be honest,” said Brundle, referring to the famous RAF wartime pilot.

“What next? The logical conclusion to all this for me is a driver-less racing car. If you’re not prepared to take a risk then don’t get inside a racing car.”

Herbert said that while he did not think drivers would have issues with visibility in normal conditions, he admitted: “I’m still not sure about the concept. Aesthetically I don’t think it looked that bad, it’s better looking than the halo, for sure.

“It’s all going to be about angles and how lucky you are. Where does that wheel go if it hits? It’s going to go high up in the air.

“There’s a purpose and a reason why everyone is concerned about objects coming towards the driver’s head. I think it’s what F1 and single seater racing is about, it’s about that bit of risk.”

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