Ricciardo joins calls for canopies


Daniel Ricciardo has added his voice to the growing list of people who believe Formula 1 should introduce closed cockpits.

Motorsport have been rocked hard in recent months after former Formula 1 driver Justin Wilson died in August following a freak accident in an IndyCar race in Pennsylvania.

His death came just 37 days after Marussia driver Jules Bianchi lost his life nine months after he suffered severe head injuries during a crash at the Japanese Grand Prix.

The FIA has confirmed that is looking into ways to make the sport safer and one of the proposals on the table is closed cockpits, something which Jenson Button feels is long overdue.

Not everyone agrees though with Nico Hulkenberg and Daniil Kvyat in the "against" camp.

However, Ricciardo believes it is time for Formula 1 to move away from tradition and use canopies.

"It is something I want to definitely go for – for me it is the last piece of the puzzle," the Australian said.

"The helmets have come on a long way but unfortunately we have still seen some tragic accidents and you get to a point where you don't care about tradition any more.

"I don't care if the statistics say there have only been a few (deaths) in the last 20 years. Statistics cannot predict what is going to happen in the future so now we need to ignore tradition and go for safety.

"As a current driver and seeing these things happen around you in Formula One and IndyCar it hits home a lot more and you just don't care how the past has been with tradition. It is silly not to look into options now for sure."