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Why Formula 1 cars don't have windshields



There have been several attempts to introduce a similar function system but to date only tests have been performed. So, do you know why F1 don't carry windshields?

As you know, F1 cars do not have windshields. Although we have become accustomed to seeing them without this device, it is quite true that some accidents with fatal consequences could be avoided with it. Why then Formula 1 do not have built-in windshield?

The F1 windshield could have mitigated the consequences of more than one accident. Surely you remember the pier that was fired from a car and ended up impacting Felipe Massa's helmet. He spent several months hospitalized for the serious injuries he caused. In the same way, Jules Biachi lost his life after hitting a crane, an accident that might not have resulted in the death of the pilot of windshield.

The "Halo"

The "Halo" has meant a breakthrough in security matters in F1. This system protects the area of ​​the pilot's head, although it is true that it does not become completely effective if it is small parts. The gaps left by this device are of considerable size, so it leaves the pilot unprotected in case the threat arrives from above or with a diagonal path.

The distortion, the big problem

As Carglass reminds us, Formula 1 has tested a device similar to the windshield, although for the moment it has not had the expected results. In 2017 Sebastian Vettel tested the so-called "Aeroscreen" but said he became dizzy due to "fault of the curvature of the screen."

Red Bull Advanced Technologies has manufactured a polycarbonate laminated ballistic screen that surrounds the cabin with a titanium frame. This is the second concept of the system that will be introduced in the Indycar. It has anti-reflective coating, anti-fog system that guarantees visibility and “tear-off” sheets to prevent dirt.