The FIA will test a development version of the ‘Shield’ cockpit protection system during next weekend’s British Formula 1 Grand Prix.

An alternative design to the aesthetically-criticised ‘Halo’ concept, the FIA had hoped to have the design ready for testing in September at the Italian Grand Prix.

Progress in designing and readying the concept has, however, progressed much quicker than than anticipated which has allowed the FIA to confirm it will test the design to get initial driver feedback during Friday’s opening practice session at Silverstone. The test will initially be conducted by Ferrari.

The FIA also released the first image of the updated design (pictured above) – based on a concept pioneered by Red Bull Racing – which sees a screen developed by Italian company Isoclima extending from the nose in front of the drivers.

Subject to feedback and further tests, the FIA will make a decision as to which cockpit protection system it will mandate for the 2018 season.

Image via FIA

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