Formula One: Shield Cockpit Protection Device Revealed

Formula One: Shield Cockpit Protection Device Revealed

Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari SF70H enjoyed its first laps this morning with the new 'Shield' cockpit safety device mounted.

Although he had used only two main engines in the season's opening nine rounds, he has used four turbochargers and MGU-Hs - meaning he is almost certain to take a grid penalty when fifth elements are inevitably used later in the year.

The shield is a see-through screen that extends along the nose in front of the drivers and has been pushed as more visually appealing compared to the halo. I think it's because of the curvature - it's got quite a bit of distortion, plus you get quite a bit of downwash down the straight pushing the helmet forward, so.

"For sure it doesn't help".

Bottas had been fastest in both of yesterday's sessions, but is expected to be hit with a five-second grid penalty for having an unscheduled gearbox change.

"I've made myself clear since the beginning: we don't need anything", said Grosjean at Silverstone on Friday.

"On Friday you don't run maximum performance". "Obviously the test was not very conclusive today. We are up for better safety, but it's not up for us to come up with a solution or say we want this or this".

Ricciardo produced a spectacular moment when he lost control of his spinning car at Club corner, but managed to catch it before hitting the wall.