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F1 Russian GP: PICS: Red Bull's Aeroscreen hits the track

Red Bull Racing's much discussed 'Aeroscreen' makes its brief track debut during FP1 for the Russian Grand Prix.
Red Bull Racing has given its much discussed 'Aeroscreen' cockpit protection device its first public outing during free practice one for the Russian Grand Prix.

The device, developed as an alternative to the controversial 'halo' prepared by Ferrari and favoured by the FIA, was rolled out in the early stages of FP1 in the hands of Daniel Ricciardo.

Featuring a more conventional windscreen design that stretches above the driver's head and tapers as its wraps around the side, has been more warmly received in terms of aesthetics, though the FIA has remained sceptical about its effectiveness.

However, its outing during FP1 for round four of the 2016 season is believed to indicate that such a device could be ready for 2017, which the FIA feared it wouldn't be. As a result, it is understood the FIA is now considering this alongside the halo.

Meanwhile, Red Bull has also released a video of a high-speed impact test, indicating the effectiveness of the screen and its safety benefits for the driver





by Ollie Barstow



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HairyLuthier

April 29, 2016 9:31 AM

I really hope they decide against this. Its not a matter of being reckless with peoples lives. F1 cars are unbelievable safe and in my opinion have peaked in terms of driver protection. I am sure that deaths in other catorgories (indycar,formula 2) have contributed to the push for this. How is a windscreen in F1 going to stop people dying on ovals? Too much emotion and not enough common sense. I would like to see all other open racing series comply with F1 saftey standards before we adopt unneccesary features like the Halo, canopy etc..

Jimmy1

April 29, 2016 8:53 AM

Looks much better than the "halo", but I still wonder how this helps against objects falling from above (e.g. a wheel). On the other hand there probably are not many cases where an object falls vertically, so this should cover most cases...



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