Red Bull Racing testing its cockpit 'aeroscreen' at Russian Grand Prix


Image: Red Bull Racing, Twitter

Red Bull Racing has been testing its new cockpit 'aeroscreen' during today's practice sessions at the Russian Grand Prix.

The cockpit protection device, which has been likened to a riot shield by Formula One fans, sits in front of the driver's head in order to protect them from flying parts of other cars in the event of an accident.

In a stream of photos and videos shared on Twitter, starting late yesterday, Red Bull Racing revealed the 'aeroscreen', and proved that it can withstand both a Formula One wheel travelling at a speed of 225kph, and a 1 kilo projectile travelling at 230kph.

Further photographs show Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo taking part in free practice 1 with the aeroscreen fitted. No comment has yet been released on how the screen performed, however prior to testing Red Bull boss Christian Horner revealed his thoughts on the concept.

"I think the canopy offers a bit more protection because it does have a windscreen," he said.

"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."

Red Bull Racing is testing its cockpit ‘aeroscreen' at the Russian Grand Prix

Red Bull Racing is testing its cockpit ‘aeroscreen' at the Russian Grand Prix

Many racing teams have considered the idea of cockpit protection with Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastien Vettel spotted testing out the team's Halo concept during pre-season testing.

The FIA, the sport's governing body, plans to implement standardised cockpit protection from 2017 in an attempt to improve safety for drivers. This announcement was made in the wake of the deaths of Marussia F1 racer Jules Bianchi and Indycar Driver Justin Wilson last year.