Sebastian Vettel unhappy with new 'shield' concept following track test, possibility that FIA could reintroduced 'Halo' head protection for 2018. With the 2017 British Grand Prix Free Practice One marking the first public track running for the 'shield' head protection on Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari car, the German four time World Champion admitted his discomfort with the new device, cutting running short to just one exploratory lap before abandoning the canopy style protector for the remainder of the session. The 'Shield' has been under development as a direct response to complaints from drivers concerned about the reduced visibility offered by the solid structure of the 'Halo' concept. Providing a more visually appealing solution to fans as well as offering the best possible head protection for a driver should the cockpit area be fouled by debris out on track, the FIA have worked to produce a more elegant solution to the problem than has previous been seen within Formula One. However following his single lap at Silverstone on Friday morning, Vettel remained wholly unconvinced that the new concept was a realistic option for Formula One going forward. “Today I tried the Shield cockpit protection. The vision is not very good and I think it’s because of the curvature that creates a bit of distortion. We had a run plan but I didn’t like it too much. I couldn’t see much, but at the end it was fun to drive.” When pushed further on the subject by Sky Sports F1, Vettel admitted the new protection at the front of his car made him feel "dizzy", casting some serious doubts as to the viability of the solution in time for the still planned 2018 mandatory inclusion date drawn up by the FIA. "I got a bit dizzy," the championship leader told Sky Sports F1. "Forward vision is not very good. 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 straights pushing the helmet forwards. We had a run planned with it, but I didn't like it so we took it off." He added: "I didn't like it, especially looking forwards." It is thought that the FIA remain steadfast on their intentions to introduce some kind of cockpit head protection from 2018, and if the new 'shield' doesn't make the grade with drivers during the various tests scheduled for later this year, a return to the previously trialled 'Halo' concept isn't out of the question, despite the cockpit structure have been discarded initially on the grounds of aesthetical concerns as well as the visibility restriction caused by the support pillar directly in front of the drivers head. The 'Shield' will continue to be developed heading into the summer break, with further on track running amongst different teams expected in the second half of the season. Check the Formula One Sub Forum here at RaceDepartment for more news and discussion as it happens. Get yourself involved and don't forget to check out our British Grand Prix race thread, the place to go for all your British GP news! Do you agree with the notion that F1 needs head protection? Is 2018 the right time frame in which to bring the technology to F1 race weekends? Do you prefer the shield over the previously tested halo concept? Let us know in the comments section below!