Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, Sochi Autodrom, 2016

Aeroscreen visibility “pretty good” – Ricciardo

2016 Russian Grand Prix

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Daniel Ricciardo was impressed by how little the Aeroscreen impaired his visibility when he tested it during practice today.

Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, Sochi Autodrom, 2016
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Red Bull conducted the test of the screen as the FIA intends to introduce enhanced cockpit safety for drivers from next season.

Ricciardo said the Red Bull-designed solution did not greatly hinder his vision compared to the current open-cockpit configuration.

“I think in terms of visibility it was actually pretty good,” Ricciardo told reporters after practice today. “The peripheral vision and all that was fine, to be honest.”

“Where the structure is and where it’s built it’s sort of line with the mirrors so you’re not really hindered at all any more than now.”

“Sure it’s just a bit weird having a structure so that’s something you’ve probably got to get used to. But the pure visibility and seeing what was around you… I had a Ferrari in front of me and still the points on the track, what you see, seemed pretty much unaltered. So I think that was positive.”

“Sure it’s different but I think the crux of it was still pretty good.”

One concern about the new cockpit structures including the Halo device tested by Ferrari next month is whether it will obstruct drivers’ views of the starting lights and through steep corners such as Raidillon at Spa-Francorchamps.

Ricciardo suspects the Aeroscreen would not present a significant problem for upward vision but admitted he “didn’t have a look at [starting] lights”.

“It seems pretty high up,” he added. “If I was to go and stop on the grid now I wouldn’t say it would hinder the vision, it seems probably higher than that. But I didn’t try it.”

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9 comments on “Aeroscreen visibility “pretty good” – Ricciardo”

  1. And in the rain? Are we going to no longer have wet races or use windscreen wipers or heated screens?…

    1. The wipers on the driver’s helmets seem to work just fine. Maybe we can move those to the aeroscreen.

      1. Drivers can tear off strips of plastic from their visor when it gets dirty/oily. Can’t really do that with a windscreen.

      2. Daniel (@mechanicalgrip22)
        29th April 2016, 15:43


      3. James Coulee
        29th April 2016, 17:24

        hahahah brilliant! :)

      4. What a great comment Kanil! I have to laugh every time someone brings up problems in the rain.

    2. Mustavo Gaia
      29th April 2016, 17:25

      an eletric current thru the screen can get rid of water, just like they do with jet fighters.

  2. Funny story..a team in F1 has already came up with a solution to the rain problem..nearly 3 years ago..

    1. Awesome page . Thanks Ohm

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