F1’s decision making body, the Strategy Group, has decided to push the ‘Shield’ cockpit protection concept, while announcing a clampdown on shark fins and T-wings for 2018.
FIA has been pushing for introduction of a cockpit protection device during the last few years, with several teams trying the ‘Halo’ and Red Bull’s aeroscreen concept in 2016.
However, both ideas have been rejected for a ‘Shield’ protection system, which provides for a small glass canopy positioned at the front of the cockpit. The concept will be trialed at various occasions this year, with the group targeting an introduction next year.
The Strategy Group has also decided to “limit” shark fins and T-wings for 2018, two aerodynamic appendages used extensively by teams to take advantage of the new regulations introduced this year.
Among other notable changes, it was announced that a red-flagged race will resume from a standing start. Under the previous guise, the safety car would lead the field for one lap, which would be followed by a rolling start.
by Rachit Thukral