Red Bull: F1 needs to make canopy decision in next few weeks

Red Bull says Formula 1 needs to make a decision within the next few weeks about which cockpit safety concept it prefers for 2017, following a successful first test of its Aeroscreen on Friday.

Red Bull: F1 needs to make canopy decision in next few weeks
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB12 with the Aero Screen
Red Bull Racing RB12 with the Aero Screen
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB12 with the Aero Screen
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB12 leaves the pits running the Aero Screen
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB12 with the Aero Screen
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF16-H running the Halo cockpit cover
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF16-H running the Halo cockpit cover
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Following static tests of the Red Bull concept over the past week, Daniel Ricciardo ran an installation lap with the Aeroscreen during first free practice for the Russian Grand Prix.

With both team and driver happy with the initial trial, and feedback on its looks having been mostly positive, Red Bull boss Christian Horner is now hoping that the FIA approves his outfit's idea soon.

"I think really within the next six to eight weeks a decision needs to be made," Horner told Motorsport.com after the Friday test.

"It has gone through its crash tests, it has had its first track trial. So we will give the information to the FIA and they can then use it as they wish."

Helmet scuff

Ricciardo told the team that his initial experience of the Aeroscreen had been positive, and the Australian had noted the lack of wind noise.

"There were no issues," said Horner. "It sounded a little bit different as there is no air buffeting, but the visibility looked fine from what Daniel reported. So there is a tick in the box from that test."

Horner also made it clear that a tyre seen brushing a helmet during one of the FIA crash tests was not a big cause for concern.

"It scuffed the top of the drivers' head, but the helmet is located with two pins, and any impact of any significance would have sheared those pins," he explained.

"So it was a very, very light scruff. And when you see the velocity that that tyre is coming at, had the screen not been there it would have obviously been an horrendous outcome."

Better than the flip flop

Horner said there had been no indication that the Aeroscreen was any less safe than the Halo, and said it would be logical for F1 to pick it because he felt it looked better.

"All we have done is try to come up with a solution that is a bit more fitting for F1 than what we saw earlier in the year," he said.

"There is probably the purist in everybody that would say that F1 should be open cockpit racing. But I think it is inevitable that the FIA is going to introduce something, and I think rather than the solutions we have seen so far, the aero screen offers a more aesthetically pleasing solution.

"You can still visibly see and identify the driver and it is a bit more futuristic than the flip-flop style Halo."

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