Philippe Bianchi, the father of the late Jules Bianchi, says he believes the time has come for motorsport to begin adopting closed-cockpits, even in the knowledge that such a feature would not have saved his son's life.

Jules Bianchi passed away on July 17 2015 as a result of head injuries sustained in an accident during the Japanese Grand Prix nine months earlier, becoming the first person to die in an F1 race since Ayrton Senna in 1994.

Bianchi was critically hurt when he spun in wet conditions at Suzuka during a safety car period and struck a recovery vehicle as it was removing Adrian Sutil's Sauber from the gravel trap. The nature of the accident raised the speculation that a closed cockpit would have saved his life, though experts has since confirmed it wouldn't have made a difference.

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Even so, in the wake of Justin Wilson's death in an IndyCar race at Pocono after being struck by a piece of errant debris, Bianchi Snr has put his weight of support behind analysis for closed cockpits, saying it can simply be the next logical phase for the evolution of the sport.

"To close the cockpit, for me, is a very good thing," he told the BBC in an exclusive interview.
"But for Jules's incident, it's not the same, because as a doctor explained to me, it's not that he took something on the head, the deceleration was too big and a closed cockpit wouldn't have changed anything.

"I have a lot of people who continue to see the grands prix and who tell me: 'If you look at the grands prix now, it has changed a lot, a lot of things have changed.' And I say: 'OK, but I don't want to look', because it's too difficult. Really, it is difficult.'

The death of Wilson in August has sparked the debate over closed cockpits, with notable figures - including Daniel Ricciardo and Jenson Button - declaring their support for its introduction.