Red Bull has revealed the first official images of its proposed F1 canopy design, which it plans to test next month. Red Bull designers have revealed images of a super safe F1 car concept that would allow F1 racing in any weather conditions.
In Red Bull’s design, the front wings are smaller and less complex to reduce turbulence and make overtaking much easier. The design also includes two struts placed in front of the driver and screens to protect the driver in accidents and from the elements or debris. Then, there’s a canopy that encloses the same crash structure that’s currently used in F1 cars.
Ferrari has already tested the Halo version device during its F1 testing in Barcelona earlier this month. The FIA, which is keen to have a better safety technology on the F1 by 2017, has also tested Ferrari’s Halo device by firing projectiles, including a wheel at it to simulate the forces it could be subjected to in a race scenario.
Red Bull believes its proposed new F1 canopy design will not only offer better protection, it also gives the drivers a better view of the race.
But it still unclear if the governing body FIA will support Red Bull’s design, with FIA race director and safety delegate Charlie Whiting throwing his full support to the ‘Halo’ version device.
Director Whiting said that the ‘Halo’ version device was already being line-up for an introduction in 2017, and reckoned even, if Red Bull’s proposed design gets approval it would have to wait until 2018 for introduction. Whiting also added that Red Bull’s proposed design has not undergone as much testing as the Halo did so far.
When asked if the FIA would delay the introduction of Halo system should a better alternative solution emerge, FIA director Whiting said it was unlikely.
“I don’t think we would delay if another one was emerging, as you put it,” he added. “We are on a course for the Halo as that has been tested thoroughly and we feel that it offers the best all-round protection,” director Whiting said, via the GPToday.
“It’s considerably further behind in development, it’s never been tested, but it could offer additional protection. But I’ve got my doubts that it could actually be implemented for 2017, whereas I think the Halo could,” Whiting added, via the Motorsports.
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