Mixed opinions regarding cockpit shield

Date published: April 27 2017

Valtteri Bottas and Daniel Ricciardo have both stated that they won’t mind the ‘shield’ that the FIA plans to introduce as cockpit protection come 2018, but not everyone agrees.

Earlier this week it was announced that the FIA intended testing their own transparent cockpit ‘shield’ during this year’s campaign with the aim of introducing it into F1 next season.

The decision has been met with mixed reviews.

Speaking during Thursday’s press conference in Russia, Mercedes driver Bottas says he is in favour.

“I don’t mind the shield, I think it looks quite okay,” he said, adding that it is a “good step compared to the Halo.

“I think the safety aspect is always important, it’s always important to keep improving and developing things, so I wouldn’t mind trying out the shield and see the visibility.

“It would be a good step compared to what we have now.”

That is a sentiment echoed by Ricciardo.

“First impressions seemed okay,” revealed the Red Bull driver, “and we’ll try to get some development on that and start to run it in some practices as soon as we can get it on the cars.

“It’s good that they’re still looking for this head protection stuff, so that’s positive.”

However, not everyone agrees.

“Can we choose nothing?” was Romain Grosjean’s response when asked for his opinion.

“Because I haven’t been a big fan of the Halo and I’m not a huge fan of the shield either.

“I don’t want to stop safety, I think safety in Formula 1 needs to be a number one priority, but I don’t want to change what I’ve known as Formula 1 forever, and the next step would be a canopy.

“I don’t want to see Formula 1 seeing closed cars.”

Kevin Magnussen is of the same opinion as his Haas’ team-mate.

In fact the Dane believes introducing the shield could prove more dangerous especially in wet races.

“We’ve seen some pictures. I’m not for it,” he told Reuters. “I don’t think we need something like that.

“I think it’s going to be difficult, especially in the wet, with the screen. Even without a screen, in the wet it’s difficult to see anything.

“I’m sure with that as well, it’s going to be impossible and more dangerous in wet conditions.”