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F1 drivers against closed cockpits

The Formula One governing body has rejected the proposals to fit car cockpits with F-16 type safety canopies.

india Updated: Jul 17, 2011 22:48 IST

The Formula One governing body has rejected the proposals to fit car cockpits with F-16 type safety canopies.

Many Formula One teams were considering to use poly- carbonate screens to provide added protection following Felipe Massa's near fatal smash with a flying suspension spring in Hungary nearly two years ago, The Daily Mirror reports.

But, drivers fear the device could prevent escape in the event of a car overturning or catching fire.
Ross Brawn, Mercedes Grand Prix boss, has stated that extracting a driver from the car in case of any sort
of emergency would become difficult if this rule
was passed.

Teams ponder in-season testing
Formula 1 teams are considering International Automobile Federation (FIA) president Jean Todt's proposal to introduce limited in-season testing from next year according to motor sports website Autosport.

In an effort to drastically cut costs, former FIA president Max Mosely had completely banned testing between the first and last races of the season in 2009.

Todt had tabled the suggestion earlier in the season but F1 teams had rejected it due to fears that it would add to their operating costs.