The cockpit protection system in Formula One was proposed a couple of years ago. After the halo system had faced criticism, FIA proposed the 'Shield' to protect the drivers from flying debris.
Now the first images of the new shield cockpit protection device have been revealed. Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel will be the first to test the new device in the practice session of the British Grand Prix.
Vettel will test the shield for several laps in the first part of the practice session. Then the German driver will remove the shield to focus on his pace for the race weekend.
The shield is nothing but a transparent screen which extends to the nose of the car. The shield is said to be more visually appealing compared to the halo system.
The clear screen is being manufactured by Italian firm Isoclima which produces products for other high-profile racing series. FIA plans to introduce the shield in 2018. If the system is not developed in time, Halo will be introduced instead.
But Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has stated that not to rush the shield cockpit protection system. And he feels that 2019 will be appropriate to introduce the shield system.
The shield cockpit protection device looks a lot better than the halo and the aero screen. But we cannot comment on the functionality of the device. Overall it gels well with the car and also provides excellent visibility to the driver. After several tests, the true potential of the device will be revealed.