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