Vettel says Shield made him "dizzy" in test run

Fernando Stephens
July 15, 2017

Sebastian Vettel drove around Silverstone Circuit on Friday with the new "shield" protecting his Ferrari's cockpit, according to Formula One.

Speaking after practice, Vettel revealed he had planned to do more running with the device but asked for it to be removed because he didn't like it.

The FIA's latest cockpit protection concept is one step closer to being fully implemented.

"I tried the halo last year, I hated it, it made me sick, so we haven't yet found a good solution". "It's probably because of the curvature - you get quite a bit of distortion - plus you get quite a bit of downwash pushing the helmet forwards".

Vettel had been due to complete three laps during the first practice session at the British Grand Prix but came in after one.

The Shield is described as a "transparent open canopy system constructed using polycarbonate" aimed at "providing significant protection from debris, while ensuring unrestricted forward vision for the driver".

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The red cars were beaten by Red Bull in the first session and though they improved to be best of the rest in the afternoon, were still half a second behind the Silver Arrows.

It is then expected to appear on several more occasions before the end of the season ahead of a decision on whether to introduce it for F1 2018.

"From what I heard from Sebastian it lacks time and development, compared to the halo".

"Then obviously it depends on how it feels tomorrow".

"It's promising but we need to develop it in a way that can be helpful".

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