F1 drivers split on new 'shield' protection

SOCHI, Russia (AP) Formula One drivers are split over plans to test a new ''shield'' device to protect against flying debris.

The FIA will trial the transparent screen in the coming months ahead of a potential introduction in 2018, as it pushes for greater head protection for drivers.

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas says the shield ''would be a good step'' so long as it doesn't affect drivers' visibility, while Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo says ''first impressions seemed OK.''

However, Haas driver Romain Grosjean says he's ''not a huge fan of the shield,'' and Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat argues against changing the look of the cars.

Earlier concepts included a metal frame known as the ''halo,'' which was designed to stop a flying wheel hitting a driver's head but was criticized by some drivers on aesthetic grounds.

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