The FIA has confirmed that the Halo cockpit protection system will be introduced into Formula 1 in 2018.
According to the FIA, the Halo was designed to reduce the risk of injury from debris or other objects striking a driver’s head.
This initiative, which prioritises the implementation of the ‘shield’ was deemed necessary, especially after the fatal injury of Felipe Massa and the death of Jules Bianchi.
Massa’s skull fracture resulted from an injury during the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying. After a spring detached from the rear suspension of Rubens Barichello’s car, it struck Massa on the head, leaving him unconscious.
More horrifically, the 25-year-old Jules Bianchi suffered a peak impact after losing control of his Marussia during wet conditions. It was said that this impact was equivalent to dropping the car to the ground from 48 metres high.
Bianchi’s car was deflected four metres into the air and two to the side, Telegraph mentions. Although the car sustained a great impact, the force on his helmet was greater. His death in 2014 was the first due to injuries sustained during a race since Aryton Senna was killed during the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, GQ adds.
Although Sebastian Vettel said that the device made him dizzy after one lap, the majority of drivers stand in favour of implementing further head protection says BBC Sport.
The chairman of the Grand Prix Driver’s Association, Alexander Wurz said: "We drivers respect the FIA's stand on safety and support its ongoing quest to make racing safer.
"Over recent decades, we have seen increasing speeds and every faster lap times and this ultimate racing quest is solely possible due to increasing safety.
"Equally, over the same period of time, we have seen an increase in popularity of our sport.
"F1 is a role model for ever-increasing safety without jeopardising performance. While the halo solution might not be the most aesthetically pleasing for everyone, we drivers will nevertheless race and push as hard as we can on track, which is the key for F1 to continue its growth and popularity."