Daniel Ricciardo says he believes the time has come for Formula 1 to 'ignore tradition' and adopt closed cockpit technology, rather than wait for another serious accident to occur.

Closed cockpit discussions are back in the spotlight following the tragic death of Justin Wilson in an IndyCar Series race at Pocono on 23rd August, the former F1 driver critically injured when he was struck in the head by an errant piece of debris.

Coming just over two months after Jules Bianchi succumbed to injuries sustained in a collision with a recovery vehicle in October 2014, more drivers than ever are pitching their support behind technology that could see F1 and other series' become closed cockpit.

With Jenson Button saying his opinion on closed cockpits has changed in the wake of Wilson's death, Red Bull driver Ricciardo says introducing the technology is the 'last piece of the puzzle' and that it is worth overriding tradition for the purpose of safety.

"It is something I definitely want to go for," he said. "We need to see where they are and do a test with it, but for me it is the last piece of the puzzle. There were some massive crashes in Spa... while the cockpit is durable and strong - one of the GP2 crashes was really scary and fortunately the driver more or less walked away - so it is just the open part now.

"The head, the most critical part of the body, is exposed and the helmets have come a long way, but unfortunately we have seen some tragic accidents and you get to a point where you don't care about tradition anymore.

"As a driver, I don't care if that stats say there have only been a few in the last 20 years, but stats can't predict the future. For that we need to ignore tradition and go for safety. Especially now as a current driver and seeing these things happen around you, it hits home a lot more, so you just don't care about tradition. It is silly not to look into options now

Asked whether driver influence could see it introduced sooner, Ricciardo says more should be done now before another accident occurs and the discussion picks up again.

"As a driver, with safety we have a lot of power, particularly the GPDA which most of us are part of. We talked about it on Friday and we are going to find out where they are.

"They have been trying to develop stuff for the last 12 months or so, so we need to see where they are, give them some feedback and give them a push to tell them the majority of us are interested in going down that route. Just to wait for another accident to happen doesn't make sense, so I think we can find a solution."



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