Will F1 cars have windscreens?

It’s a controversial question in Formula 1 circles, but the question of safety is more important than ever.

17th September 2016
Daniel Ricciardo in his Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB12 TAG Heuer fitted with the aeroscreen in the © Mark Thompson/Getty Images

Daniel Ricciardo in his Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB12 TAG Heuer fitted with the aeroscreen in the © Mark Thompson/Getty Images

After the recent, and extremely tragic death of F1 driver Jules Bianchi, it’s looking increasingly likely that Formula 1 cars will eventually incorporate some sort of device, other than a helmet, to help protect the driver’s head. Ferrari and Mercedes have tested similar ‘halo’ systems, made up of a sort of hoop around the open cockpit. Red Bull Racing has gone further, by trying out an actual windscreen (pictured above). But the idea of a closed or partially-closed cockpit remains a very controversial idea, with some drivers all for it while others are actively speaking out against the idea.

 


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