The FIA, together with its research partner the Global Institute, is investigating an additional Frontal Protection system, ‘The Shield’, for use in Formula 1. Building on lessons learnt with, and feedback from the Halo and Aeroscreen concepts, the new approach utiliizes a transparent open canopy system constructed using polycarbonate. The ‘Shield’ is aimed at providing significant protection from debris, while ensuring unrestricted forward vision for the driver.
A possible geometry [shown above]has been developed and the FIA is currently working with teams in Formula One on further defining its geometry. A number of indoor and outdoor tests are currently being conducted and the Federation’s target is to carry out a first full track test at Monza in September.
However, in an effort to get initial feedback from drivers at the earliest possible stage of development, a short track will be conducted at next weekend’s British Grand Prix, in the first free practice session. The test will be conducted with Ferrari.