Vettel critical of the 'Shield' after Silverstone debut cut short

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Sebastian Vettel revealed he was feeling "dizzy" after using the new 'Shield' cockpit protection for just one lap in practice at the British Grand Prix.

The German gave the canopy-shaped windshield its public debut on Friday, as part of a plan by motorsport's governing body, the FIA, to incorporate it onto the cars next season.

However, despite being more aesthetically pleasing than the previously tested 'Halo', immediate problems Vettel had with the concept led to a further run being cancelled.

"I tried it this morning, I got a bit dizzy... The forward vision is not very good," he said.

"I think it's because of the curvature, you get quite a bit of distortion, plus you get quite a bit of downwash down the straight pushing the helmet forward.

"We had another run planned with it, but I didn't like it, so we took it off."

Vettel also added that the 'Shield' would affect the ability to get in and out of the car, especially in the case of danger and immediate need of leaving the car.

“For sure it doesn’t help. I think that getting in, getting out - obviously getting in doesn’t matter - but getting out is probably more about getting used to it so that’s not the main thing I think,” he said.

Also, Ferrari has brought a new, updated engine just for Vettel at Silverstone.

Asked if he expects some improvement in his battle with Mercedes, the 30-year-old replied: “It should. Obviously, it’s always a bit in a plan, it’s on target."

As for the team's potential this weekend, he added: “I don’t know, today was a bit mixed, for us a bit up and down. I haven’t seen much yet but it’s fun to drive around here!”

 

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