Vettel Says F1's Proposed Protective Shield Made Him "A Bit Dizzy"

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Testing of the FIA's latest head protection device got off to a bad start at Silverstone after Sebastian Vettel reported distorted vision and dizziness while testing the Shield during first practice for the British Grand Prix.

The Shield is described as a "transparent open canopy system constructed using polycarbonate" aimed at "providing significant protection from debris, while ensuring unrestricted forward vision for the driver".

"I think we can improve a bit in qualifying", he said.

"I tried the halo previous year, I hated it, it made me sick, so we haven't yet found a good solution".

Despite the FIA being insistent that a head protection system is coming in 2018, Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner believes that the Shield will need to be properly tested in all conditions before it can be safely introduced into the sport, much like the Halo system was past year.

Grosjean and Vettel are both directors of the Grand Prix Drivers' Association (GPDA), which has campaigned for greater safety in the sport over several decades, but Grosjean said divisions among drivers means cockpit protection is rarely discussed at meetings. "I am not sure it's been through the same amount of testing that the Halo did". We are always pushing the safety element, but it's not up to us to take the decision. While the average speed of Silverstone is actually slightly slower than what we saw in Austria last week, no track has been so demanding of high-speed poise.

The Shield was fitted on to Vettel SF70-H and the Ferrari driver was the first on track to test the unit. "I tried the Halo previous year, I hated it, it made me sick so we haven't yet found a good solution".

"We don't make the rules".

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