Ferrari has caused a stir by rolling its car out on the third day of the second pre-season test with a head protection canopy attached.

The first time the much discussed concept has been seen in public, Kimi Raikkonen took the SF16-T out with a dual pronged canopy attached. It features a central strut attached ahead of the cockpit and stretches above and around the head to attach either side of the cockpit.

A surprise unveiling by Ferrari, the public reveal is a sure sign that development of the concept is already at an advanced stage having been on the drawing board for the last few months.

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Drivers have shown almost unanimous support for the introduction of cockpit protection following recent high profile accidents, most notably that of ex-F1 driver Justin Wilson, who died in an IndyCar race last August after he was struck by errant debris at the Pocono Speedway.

With the FIA looking into a variety of ideas, the 'halo' concept has emerged as the most likely candidate for introduction, with Ferrari's reveal suggesting it could be well on course for a mooted 2017 debut.

Raikkonen completed two installation laps initially, but is now lapping without it.