Sebastian Vettel: 'Ferrari can improve in qualifying'

Sebastian Vettel will be the first driver to test out the new Shield cockpit protection system, with the device breaking cover for the first time at Silverstone on Thursday.

Vettel completed a single installation lap with the protective cockpit attachment and then returned to the garage where Ferrari removed the device. "The forward vision is not very good".

The FIA is committed to introducing additional cockpit head protection in 2018 but so far the only device that has proved to satisfy all the requirements is the halo.

"It had quite a lot of distortion and I got a bit dizzy and there was a lot of downwash coming off the back of my helmet and pushing my head forward, so we chose to take it off". I think it's because of the curvature, you get quite a bit of distortion. I am not sure it has been through the same amount of testing as the Aeroscreen and Halo did and the catastrophic effect [of big parts hitting it] has to be taken into account..

From a Ferrari point of view, Vettel was also testing an upgraded power unit on Friday but says he is yet to explore its full potential. "Since the first practice the balance of the auto was not too far away, but there's definitely more work to do to get the vehicle more driveable, to be able to trust it more in the high speed corners", Bottas said.

"It should [help Ferrari]". I don't know. Today was a bit mixed, for us.

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