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Is this the future of F1?

Formula 1 cars are as safe as they have ever been, but the drivers are still lacking head protection. Is Red Bull's ‘Aeroscreen’ canopy the solution?

Red Bull Racing Daniel Ricciardo Aeroscreen ()

 

Daniel Ricciardo was the man to try an installation lap with Red Bull's new ‘Aeroscreen’, an alternative to Ferrari’s ‘Halo’ system which raised a few eyebrows earlier in the year in pre-season testing and could be introduced as soon as 2017.

Red Bull Racing says it has passed all the necessary safety tests – you can see a couple of videos below to see just how sturdy it is. They also reckon it looks better than Ferrari's solution, too.

The screen is 9mm thick and has been tested by a metal ball (heavier than the spring that hit Felipe Massa) fired at 150mph. 

It may require some tweaking yet though. Sky Sports F1's Ted Kravitz noticed that it was quite difficult for the mechanic to do the driver's seatbelt when he got in the car. He also didn't think the driver was able to see the pitstop lights.

Naturally, there has already been some criticism of the device Sky Sports F1's Martin Brundle said: "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."

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