In the wake of the spectacular crash on the opening lap of the Belgian GP crash motorsport news sites are suggesting that Formula One will push ahead with plans for closed cockpits.
McLaren technical director Paddy Lowe is convinced the introduction of a cockpit cover could come as early as 2014.
“I think something is inevitable because it is the one big safety exposure that we have got,” said Lowe, who is part of a technical working group currently exploring the best method to protect drivers’ heads.
Fighter jet-style canopies are understood to have been rejected and work is now focusing on a forward roll-hoop design in an attempt to preclude the kind of accident suffered by Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, who was knocked unconscious and left with a fractured skull when hit by flying debris at the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2009.
[ Source: News Limited ]