"The Shield is as bad as the Halo", said Grosjean, who has been a staunch critic of extra cockpit protection ever since the Halo device was tested past year. Forward vision is not very good, probably because of the curvature.
As the Shield got its maiden track outing today on the Ferrari of Vettel, Grosjean says his opinion remains unchanged, going as far to say the Halo trialled previous year made him "sick" and its effective successor is no more palatable. I think we have backed off on that subject.
"I've made myself clear since the beginning: we don't need anything", said Haas driver Grosjean.
When asked if the device, which extends along the car's nose in front of the driver, impacted on his ability to get in and out of the auto, he said: "For sure it doesn't help".
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Vettel said climbing in and out of the vehicle was also more hard, although reckoned it was "probably more about getting used to it".
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel showcases the new protective shield in Practice 1 of the British GP.
The FIA, F1's governing body, has committed to introducing some form of cockpit protection to lessen the chance of head injuries from next season, but Vettel's comments suggest it still has plenty of work to do to refine the Shield concept before it can be raced.
"On Friday you don't run maximum performance".
"It should [help Ferrari]". It's always been the plan so it's on target. Today was a bit mixed for us, a bit up and down, but it's fun to drive around here'. "So far I've only seen it on a computer screen, so I'll check it out".