In the wake of Justin Wilson's crash, the FIA have announced that closed cockpits tests will be carried out next month as reported by motorsport.com.
Justin Wilson's Crash
Justin Wilson was a 37 year old Indy Car driver and last weekend he was in, what turned out to be, a fatal accident.
Wilson was struck by flying debris from Sage Karam's car, he then spun and crashed into a wall on lap 179 of 200. The former Formula One driver was subsequently airlifted to hospital tragically he died the following day from the head injuries he suffered in the crash.
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Closed Cockpit Suggestions Resurfacing?
This accident has sparked the closed cockpit debate back into life, with the FIA announcing that they are going to be running tests with a new cockpit design next month.
This isn't the first time closed cockpits have been suggested for top tier open wheel racing however, the negatives have always seemed to out way the positives in the past.
Over the years there have been a number of suggestions as to how the FIA could implement this, however they have always seemed like they would cause more damage than harm.
Should Formula One Have Closed Cockpits?
I think this is one of the biggest questions in Formula One right now, should the FIA introduce closed cockpits?
Formula One is a dangerous sport and everyone involved knows this, and despite the FIA's best efforts it will never be 100% safe.
With closed cockpits, I think if designed correctly they could work to help keep the drivers safe however Formula One is and always has been open wheel racing and I think that is the way that it should stay. As time goes on and as more and more changes are made Formula One seems to be less and less like the sport I fell in love with years ago.
Should the FIA introduce the closed cockpits or should we stay with open wheel?