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Red Bull reveals aeroscreen as rival to halo protection: which do you prefer?

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Red Bull reveals aeroscreen as rival to halo protection: which do you prefer?
Apr 28, 2016, 5:28 PM

Red Bull will trial the new aeroscreen concept during tomorrow's practice session for the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi.

Red Bull will trial the new aeroscreen concept during tomorrow's practice session for the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi. The design is an alternative to the halo device, which has support within the F1 from some stakeholders, drivers and teams.

The sport is searching for the right concept to add protection to the driver's head in an open cockpit single seater and after the trial of the halo on Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari during the Barcelona test, now it's the turn of the Red Bull concept. He only did a lap with it and had little to say about it. But there have been questions asked about visibility, as there is a downward bar in front of the driver's eyeline.

One early critic of the aeroscreen, before the car has even run, is world champion Lewis Hamilton. But then, to be fair he is not a fan of the halo either.

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While many drivers are pushing hard for the additional protection from loose wheels and flying debris, which has claimed the lives of Henry Surtees and Justin Wilson recently in other categories and hospitalised Felipe Massa in 2009, Hamilton remains defiantly old-school.

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"I like it the way it is. When I get in my car I know that there is a danger, that's been the same since I started when I was eight years old and that's the risk that I am willing to take and that's the risk that every single driver who has ever been in the car has been willing to take," said Hamilton.

"You've got this cool, elegant, futuristic Formula 1 car and you've got a crappy riot shield sat on top of it, nah.

"It [safety] is a constant thing that always needs to be worked on but as long as it doesn't affect the aesthetics and the style and the coolness of F1, because the reason you look as a kid, you look at F1, 'Wow, these guys, they are crazy. They could die at any moment.' "

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Nico Hulkenberg, who raced behind a windscreen in a Porsche to victory in last year's Le Mans 24 hours, said that the aeroscreen is preferable to the halo, but that oil on the screen could be an issue, as it has no wiper unlike a WEC car and a giant tear-off would require a pit-stop to remove.

"What is clear to me is that it is inevitable that some sort of head protection is coming. If I had a choice, I would prefer the Red Bull solution," he said.

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