Fresh calls for increased driver cockpit safety have been made in recent days and this time it's coming directly from the drivers represented in the Grand Prix Drivers Association (GPDA). Alex Wurz, the chairman of said association, has revealed that drivers in the GPDA have unanimously agreed upon the introduction of increased head protection in Formula One cars no later than the start of the 2017 Formula One season. The issue has become a hotbed for debate in the last year or so with the tragic deaths of Jules Bianchi in Formula One and Justin Wilson in IndyCar, with the primary force behind opposing new regulations on cockpit safety boiling down to maintaining the heritage and history of Formula One by remaining as an open cockpit series. However, support for the change to closed-cockpits has been growing exponentially, so much so that it's now a question of "when", not "if". According to Wurz the drivers are in favour of Mercedes' proposed 'halo' design (as seen above). Said Wurz, "The research the FIA experts have done is very thorough and the process has brought forward a clear solution. Now the drivers feel it's time to implement the extra protection at the latest in 2017. Obviously structural changes are required to the chassis but, with almost a one-year lead time, I don't see any technical person speaking against such substantial safety improvements, especially given the last big accidents in open-wheel racing involved head injuries. So all the drivers, and I, hope that passing the additional head protection will be a formality." Last September we ran a poll asking if you supported the switch to closed-cockpits after McLaren-Honda driver, Jenson Button, stated that he had gone 180 degrees in his opinion on the issue and now fully supports the need for greater cockpit safety. The poll received just over 200 votes and resulted in a somewhat surprisingly close result with just over 57% of people voting in favour of closed-cockpits. Clearly there is some argument for the retention of Formula One's history by keeping it a truly open-cockpit category, however when lives are at risk, you must do everything reasonably possible to reduce the risks of having accidents such as Jules's and Justin's, which were both regarded as "once in a thousand years" accidents. Over to you! How do you feel about the 2017 cars taking on a much higher level of driver head safety?