Red Bull planning further aeroscreen tests

By on Friday, April 29, 2016
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Daniel Ricciardo says Red Bull is hoping to test the 'aeroscreen' at future Grands Prix, in order to evaluate the canopy system in different scenarios.

Formula 1 is set to introduce increased head protection, perhaps as early as 2017, and Red Bull's aeroscreen has been developed as an alternative to the 'halo' device designed by Mercedes in conjunction with the FIA.

Ricciardo completed an installation lap with the aeroscreen fitted to the RB12 during practice for the Russian Grand Prix and was encouraged by the run.

"Not having the wind rolling on me and the engine sound was different," he said.

"The visibility was pretty good, so first impressions were fine, it was driveable. Where we have the structure in place is pretty much where the mirrors are so I wouldn’t say it hindered any more than we are now in terms of visibility.

"Peripheral vision was fine as well. The talk about open cockpits has been going on for a while and that’s fair enough.

"It would be great to keep it as it is but obviously with accidents that have happened, especially more recently, I think not exploring this seems a bit disrespectful.

"The plan is to probably try it again on a different circuit with different scenery, a bit more undulation or something like that or maybe a night circuit.

"The lights could be interesting how they reflect off the screen so we’ll give it a bit more running."

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