Formula 1 Partially Closed Cockpit Debuts At Red Bull
The Red Bull Formula 1 team has officially unveiled their partially closed cockpit design at practice in Sochi, Russia on Friday.
They are the second team to debut their cockpit solution after Scuderia Ferreri unveiled theirs in Barcelona in March.
According to The Verge, Red Bull is calling its solution the “aeroscreen”:
The clear screen stretches 180 degrees around and in front of the driver, and is a bit taller than the driver’s helmet, protecting them against head-on impacts from incoming debris during an accident.
Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes is not a fan of these partially closed cockpits. However, given recent deaths of drivers in open wheel cars from getting hit by debris, I think this idea deserves merit.
FIA, Formula 1’s governing body, is requiring some sort of cockpit protection starting in the 2017 season.