Red Bull F1 Racing could trial its proposed Formula 1 canopy design at the upcoming Russian Grand Prix next week, according to Red Bull team principal Christian Horner. The Milton Keynes-based F1 team has been pushing on with own version of the f1 cockpit protection system.
“I think the canopy offers a bit more protection because it does have a windscreen. It’s a more elegant solution. We believe there’s better visibility and it’s a more elegant solution to the brief, rather than the boomerang thing that is the halo,” Horner said in a statement, via the Motorsport.com.
The proposed canopy design is the former F1 world champion’s alternative proposal to the Halo cockpit protection system, which Scuderia Ferrari has trialled during its pre-season testing in Barcelona, Spain.
Both solutions are designed to give enhanced protection to F1 drivers in the event of a life-threatening crash, like the one that hit Fernando Alonso in Melbourne,
Red Bull has developed a system that its believes that is far more elegant solution and offered more protection than the Ferrari’s halo protection system.
According to Christian Horner, the Red Bull’s proposed canopy design would likely to make its debut at a demonstration event this weekend, at the Russian GP.
“We’re going to test the canopy solution over the next week – static testing, so we’re going to fire a wheel at in on a plinth to see how that withstands it,” Horner added, via the Motorsport.com.
The F1’s governing body, the FIA, is adamant that a cockpit protection system will be introduced in F1 by next year, and believes that the Mercedes and Ferrari version is the best way forward. However, FIA has not ruled out experimenting with the Red Bull idea if it proves to be as effective in safety terms during its testing.
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