Cock­pit ‘shield’ set for Bri­tish GP test

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SPIELBERG:

A new cock­pit head pro­tec­tion sys­tem will be tested for the first time dur­ing next week’s Bri­tish Grand Prix, For­mula One chiefs an­nounced yes­ter­day. Gov­ern­ing body the FIA are weigh­ing up the mer­its of in­stalling a “shield” or “halo” on the front of cars for next year. “In an ef­fort to get ini­tial feed­back from drivers at the ear­li­est pos­si­ble stage of de­vel­op­ment, a short track will be con­ducted at next week­end’s Bri­tish Grand Prix, in the first free prac­tice ses­sion. The test will be con­ducted with Fer­rari,” the FIA said in a state­ment. A first model of the shield, which en­cir­cles the cock­pit from three sides front, left and right-has been un­veiled but the FIA said they are “cur­rently work­ing with teams in For­mula One on fur­ther defin­ing its ge­om­e­try”. “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,” the FIA added. A full test will be con­ducted at the Ital­ian Grand Prix in Monza in early Septem­ber. “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,” added the FIA, who want the sys­tem to be in place by 2018.

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