Published: Fri, July 14, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Vettel says Shield made him "dizzy" in test run

Vettel says Shield made him

SEBASTIAN VETTEL has delivered a damning verdict of F1's latest safety device - the shield - saying it made him "dizzy".

Governing body the FIA has developed the device after the teams said they preferred the idea of a clear screen over the controversial halo device tested previous year, which is a wishbone-shape over the cockpit, including a bar in front of the driver's head.

The "Shield" is more similar to Red Bull's Aeroscreen, but extends further down the nose, improving visibility and aerodynamics.

"I don't think I need to talk about the pros", Vettel said when asked for his thoughts on it. Forward vision is not very good.

"You get distortion plus a bit of downwash on the back of the helmet on the straights pushing my head forward".

"We had a run planned with it, but I didn't like it - especially looking forwards because of the curvature", he said.

Asked if he was able to easily get in and out of the auto, Vettel added: "For sure it doesn't help".

"Getting in and getting out [was tricky], it's probably more about getting used to it". "So that's not the main thing, I think".

The governing body is also completing a series of indoor and outdoor tests with the Shield before it hits the track again at the Italian Grand Prix in September.

He added: "It should [the engine upgrade help Ferrari]".

"It should [help Ferrari]".

"Today was a bit mixed for us, a bit up and down, but it's fun to drive around here". "I haven't seen much yet but it's fun to drive around here!"

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