Vettel gives verdict on new protective device

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Sebastian Vettel said that the introduction of the ‘Shield’ left him “a bit dizzy” after using it for the first time in the opening British Grand Prix practice.




Vettel was able to complete only a single installation lap after which he returned to the garage where Ferrari removed the device and switched attention to its weekend programme.

Speaking after practice, Vettel said that he had planned to give the device a longer go but his uneasiness with it meant that he wanted it removed sooner than planned.

“I tried it this morning and I got a bit dizzy,” said Vettel. “The forward vision is not very good. I think it’s because of the curvature, you get quite a bit of distortion.

“There was a lot of downwash down the straight, coming off the back of my helmet and pushing my head forward.

“We had a run planned with it, but I didn’t like it, so we took it off.”

When asked if the device had an impact on his ability to get in and out of the car, he said, “For sure it doesn’t help.

“Getting in doesn’t matter, but getting out is probably more about getting used to it so that’s not the main thing.”

The shield has been touted to be more appealing than the Halo, with the screen developed by Italian company Isoclima.

Vettel admitted to minor visibility concerns when trialling the Halo at the British GP last year, yet he was also a vocal proponent of the cockpit protection device.




It has been reported that FIA hopes to have a final version of the device in time for 2018, but if not, the Halo will be used instead.

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