Sebastian Vettel Critical Of New Formula 1 Safety Device During Silverstone Practice

Sebastian Vettel will start the British Grand Prix with a 20-point lead over fierce rival and home favourite Lewis Hamilton.

The German will be looking to increase his lead over Hamilton, but has a tough task on his hands after Mercedes were comfortably the fastest team during the Friday practice session, with Hamilton now favourite to take pole position after Valtteri Bottas was slapped with a five-place grid penalty for a change of gearbox.

Vettel, however, was less than impressed with the latest safety device, known as 'the shield' being trialed by Formula 1.

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Vettel was forced to ditch the shield after only three laps after claiming that it made him feel dizzy.

The device is designed to deflect on-track debris away from the driver, thereby improving cock pit safety, but Vettel pointed out that the design may be flawed.

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“I tried it this morning, I got a bit dizzy. Forward vision is not very good," said the four-time world champion.

“It’s probably because of the curvature, you get quite a bit of distortion, plus you get quite a bit of downwash down the straights pushing the helmet forwards.

“We had a run planned with it, but I didn’t like it so we took it off.

“Getting in and getting out [was tricky], it’s probably more about getting used to it.”

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The Formula 1 governing body has been looking at ways of improving cock pit after the tragic accident that eventually claimed the life of Jules Bianchi at the Japanese Grand Prix in 2014, but it looks like there are a few bumps that need ironing out with their newest invention.

Although 'the shield' may not be the most suitable safety device, it is reassuring for the drivers and the fans that the owners are looking into ways of making the sport more safe for their own.

But for now, it looks like it's a case of back to the drawing board.

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