Why Don't F1 Cars Have Closed Cockpits?

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Formula 1 cars have changed many times over the years... but why has a closed cockpit never been introduced?
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26 Feb 2021



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Wolfdog Vor 4 Stunden
I wouldn't mind a fighter jet style canopy I think I looks nicer then the areo screen
bkdguitarist Vor 6 Stunden
The IndyCar screen can be removed in 15 MINUTES to recover a driver? Well, good thing I don’t have to endure my burning car for more than 15 minutes. That would be bad.
Ellise Warner
Ellise Warner Vor 10 Stunden
Having an enclosed cockpit could have killed grojean last season actually
Bapak Hijau
Bapak Hijau Vor 16 Stunden
Might consider putting “c ram” on the car, and shooting down the debris or other car ?
Nathan Alex Jones
Nathan Alex Jones Vor 16 Stunden
Im fine with a closed cockpit but the glare from those screen just ruin the overall dumb I prefer the fighter jet style between the 2 though
2 CPS Noob
2 CPS Noob Vor 17 Stunden
Trevor Brown
Trevor Brown Vor Tag
Cause we like the look of motorcyclists in a race car
Gergő Tobler
Grojean would have died in a closed cockpit.
Jos Neira
Jos Neira Vor Tag
so that the driver can get out easily incase of an emergeny situation occuring...what if the closing mechanism gets stuck? .....btw not looked at video at all....it's a no brainer
Mathew Gill
Mathew Gill Vor Tag
Surely the indycar solution isn't as safe as it would be harder to get out of the car or retrieve a driver if there was an accident
Robert Plesa
Robert Plesa Vor Tag
I think next step will be, drivers sitting in the nice air-conditioned room, and remotely drive their cars.
Non Scientist Tries Science
A f1 car without a halo looks naked and unsafe to me nowadays. See what the future holds that make todays f1 car looks unsafe and naked.
da struggle
da struggle Vor 2 Tage
Well, you still didn't answer the question. Why?
Ryan Lucas
Ryan Lucas Vor 2 Tage
Money that's why be too expensive
Daniel Vor 2 Tage
If F1 did the full canopy or a version of the windscreen it would reduce the number of ways a driver could get out of the cockpit. I remember when Grosjean was talking about his accident, he tried getting out thru multiple holes in the halo. If he didn't have those options, his story could have ended differently. I hope F1 takes that into account.
Prussian Blue
Prussian Blue Vor 2 Tage
I’m still surprised that F1 drivers aren’t clothed in bubble wrap! People forget that, when it was exciting, motorsport was a professional blood sport. The only motor racing left (worthy of kudos) is still endurance I.e. Le Mans
Chs Yank
Chs Yank Vor 2 Tage
A full shielded cockpit makes sense. From the spectator's POV it doesn't really matter. When I first started watching F1 you could see the driver, then only the head, then just the top of the head and now not much. Safety over style.
mittaa brd
mittaa brd Vor 2 Tage
They dont need te make it "to" safe
Andrew Social
Andrew Social Vor 2 Tage
Hamzan Wadi
Hamzan Wadi Vor 3 Tage
Thats my questions when I was 8
Jacob Misuda
Jacob Misuda Vor 3 Tage
Really simple answer: because the open cockpit is what really defines an f1 car. Any person can recognize an f1 car simply by the open cockpit, its something thats been there since the sport was created.
Biały Wilk
Biały Wilk Vor 3 Tage
Today F1 is a joke. Before 2000's Formula 1 was actually the best sport series in the world.
Riley Hudson
Riley Hudson Vor 4 Tage
One of my Aunt's best friend was Justin Wilson, although I was never able to visit his house to ever meet him, my parents did and Justin gave me a hat, a shirt, and a signed copy of his model car. may he rest in peace
cliff bird
cliff bird Vor 4 Tage
think closed cockpits and the screens and halo will make it harder for drivers to get out in a hurry. IE if the car catches fire they need to get out fast. FIA has bought in a lot of new safety features over the years to protect drivers that actualy put drivers more at risk. so ended up banning them again. They banned pitstops cause pit crew were getting injured or killed by the cars drivers not wanting to wait for the all clear to pull out. That lasted a couple of seasons before they allowed pitstops again. Refueling was used rarely when it was legal. It was dangerous and took too long so most teams didnt bother to refuel they put enough fuel in the car to last the race. FIA decided to force teams to refuel by restricting the size of fuel tanks so no cars could finish the race unless they refueled. Then cause of fires refueling got banned again. FIA has a bad rep on safety features that cause more harm than good.
Dude Vor 4 Tage
take the indy/red bull windshield and put slots in it. DONE! (structural integrity will be preserved via allmighty honeycomb design)
Alex Gaming
Alex Gaming Vor 4 Tage
because it will make the car slower snd it takes to much weight
Nick Villalobos
Nick Villalobos Vor 4 Tage
Seriously?!?! Too hot?! F1 you guys may be super rich, but dang you guys are super stupid... Just copy IndyCar.
Cuya Vor 4 Tage
Please... NO Closed Cockpits in F1. Integrated Halo does the trick. Partial Canopy/halo or Windscreen/halo at most but let drivers take naked saunas at a spa. INDYCAR will never be the same.
Toumassatos Vor 4 Tage
The halo looks like a flip flop
Rat-Zamak-Rod Vor 5 Tage
Why don't pilots just drive the cars remotely? There is no need to expose the pilot today. It can be done with RC-a simple safety measure.
Straight Sandwich
As long as nobody dies
Marcus Firegone
Marcus Firegone Vor 5 Tage
F1 is all about technology and innovation ... they just have not thought of a windshield yet :-)
Ника Кукава
15 minutes to recover a driver. That sounds safe for sure
LexDeCore Vor 6 Tage
Maybe I am the only one, but I like the desing of the halo. I think the shape of the actual F1 cars works pretty well with the halo desing.
Critical Thinker
Critical Thinker Vor 6 Tage
Halo design doesn't protect small debris that flies at high speed
Muhammad Rafi Aziz
those driver deserve full protection, they could've died in a second when hit by debris
najm lion
najm lion Vor 6 Tage
BECAUSE THE DRIVER NEEDS AIR FOR COOLING. I just saved your time. You're welcome.
fabriforte Vor 6 Tage
maybe a grid..a titanium grid with holes leaving air passing through and much possibly visibility
Sean Vedell
Sean Vedell Vor 6 Tage
FYI, Indy Car didn’t invent the helmet hose cooling system. NASCAR has been using it for years so credit where credit is due.
Fachuro Vor 6 Tage
I think with a closed cockpit design Grosjean probably wouldn't be alive today - he had to pull himself out of the car, and after that crash the closed cockpit would've obstructed him.
Ellise Warner
Ellise Warner Vor 10 Stunden
Yeah exactly
jules_ coopman
jules_ coopman Vor 6 Tage
It would be more aero.
Marjan Sarec
Marjan Sarec Vor 6 Tage
F1 cars keep getting uglier, faster, less agile, less interesting, and safer. Nothing for a fan to see anymore.
Cryil Abiteboul
Cryil Abiteboul Vor 6 Tage
Well this didn't age well
SuperYamaGucci Vor 7 Tage
Closed cockpit WILL happen, it’s just a matter of when.
jmedias Vor 7 Tage
Grosjean wouldn't have been able to get out if his car had a wrap around wind screen like Indy
James DellaNeve
James DellaNeve Vor 7 Tage
Aerospace has the frozen chicken test for engines and canopies. Where they are shot out of a cannon. It’s not surprising that the aerospace canopy passed.
Kairi A Faisal
Kairi A Faisal Vor 7 Tage
Safety issue and temperature for driver.
Zerg Vor 7 Tage
Why stop at the jet fighter roof? I say go full ejection seat... computer triggered based on sensors.
RedWolf Vor 8 Tage
Ok as soon as people use emojis in their videos, the cringe makes me hate it.
Demongornot Vor 8 Tage
What I don't understand is, since the idea really started because of a small debris (the spring), why did they take a design that can't stop small debris??? The Halo + canopy design is the best as it protect from both big and small objects, but the Halo alone is a disaster waiting to happen, literally the exposed pilot area is much bigger than the front area of the halo!
Miggy Aviles
Miggy Aviles Vor 8 Tage
Question thou...what would've happened to Grosjean? Would he not be able to escape or will the fire not be able to enter?
Prado Home
Prado Home Vor 8 Tage
We need safety for the sport it’s just stupid without the halo
Michael Vor 8 Tage
„can withstand 15 tons of force“
Jurriaan Ruitenberg
This video is from feb 2021 but does not mention grosjean's accident? How would that have been impacted? How likely would he have made it out with the added problem of a windshield in the way? Would it have helped maybe?
Ginjabredman Vor 9 Tage
Didn't even watch the video but with common sense I would think safety, if the car was ever stuck and on fire. The glass would not be removable and he wouldn't be able to escape. Just look at the recent grosjean incident, if it was a closed cockpit he might be a lot more burned and fucked up. Also I'm sure maybe with technology it wouldn't be much of an issue but at speeds like that and vibration I can see the glass being an issue with vision. The glass won't stay clean always and with the sun and everything I would think it would cause visual problems. On top of that I doubt they would install A/C in those things and with a closed cockpit in the sun, some of the locations would scorch the drivers. Maybe everything I said can be fixed or isn't an issue but with no engineering knowledge and just common sense, it seems like it's not the best idea.
Scythe Vor 9 Tage
One massive con with a closed cockpit would be F1 drivers unable to quickly release themselves from their seats when in a crash causing a fire in the car which could set the engine alight possibly blowing up the F1 car while the driver attempting to open up the cockpit.
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DriedRhombus1 Vor 9 Tage
I still think it looks stupid, why does there have to be a post in the middle? Why not 2 on either side?
aizat27 Vor 9 Tage
Need touchscreen with Spotify installed.
Sharko Channel
Sharko Channel Vor 10 Tage
1:22 clean etnies lo cuts those are rare to see!
Lucas Olivieri
Lucas Olivieri Vor 10 Tage
just put the damn halo in front of the screen and call it a fooking day
LM01 Vor 10 Tage
So basically before 2 deaths it was all about looks over safety
DEVARA Vor 10 Tage
4:19 it looks so cool
Jørgen Brenna
Jørgen Brenna Vor 11 Tage
Tbh I think the halo is and looks great. It gives the car a more flowing look and it helps the safety massively. The cars would just look weird without them now I think
Perhaps Vor 11 Tage
Star Trek has been using force-fields for their brigs for decades. If Gene Roddenberry used them in the 1960s, then what is the problem using them now?
Lé Pee Krahn
Lé Pee Krahn Vor 12 Tage
Not criticizing, but they're looking more and more like cars from Speed Racer
Trueno AE86
Trueno AE86 Vor 12 Tage
The indy car thing seems so claustrophobic like it would be hard to get out of. High windscreen all around plus a tube attached to the helmet
Cody 2504
Cody 2504 Vor 12 Tage
Also look how dirty the cars got in turkey 2020 it would be a nightmare to see out the cockpit and multiple stops would be made to clean the aero screen
Rushil N
Rushil N Vor 12 Tage
Air-conditioning isn't an option?
The Chumps been dumped.
If Roman Grosjean had been under a canopy, he’d have been trapped inside.
Alfonso Martinez
Alfonso Martinez Vor 12 Tage
I honestly do not like the subtitles interweaved into the video and the sudden larger fonts. Sucks to watch
Raj Modi
Raj Modi Vor 13 Tage
William Cheng
William Cheng Vor 13 Tage
Air con n a cup holder...
Marco Bonera
Marco Bonera Vor 13 Tage
Why not having two support structures at the sides to have a clean vision instead of one exactly at the middle?
Miroslav Momcilovic
Imagine when groesjan had a crash if it was closed cockpit, would he survive?
CharlieW Vor 14 Tage
No one knows
favec Blop
favec Blop Vor 15 Tage
If this would be the Design, grosjean would probably be dead
XM291 ATAC Vor 15 Tage
Closed cockpit with an emergency seat 😂
Anata Vor 15 Tage
tbh indy car design look sick
Nick Vor 16 Tage
I hated the Halo at first. But now I would prefer that over a windscreen. Plus it actually looks good
Gravelord Nito
Gravelord Nito Vor 16 Tage
Just leave it open
CharlieW Vor 14 Tage
Like how it is today or do you mean no halo?
Achmad Wahyu Hidayat
Yeah a closed cockpit with an AC sounds a good idea
Armaan Uppal
Armaan Uppal Vor 17 Tage
so this car doesn’t have a roof. but what about the ford f-150
G J Hunt
G J Hunt Vor 17 Tage
Do the marshals practice at getting a driver dead weight out of a car. When a car is on fire like Nicki Lauda how difficult if not impossible is it going to be.
Ecthelion Vor 17 Tage
there is also the Le Mans Prototype cockpit car option
Bekzat Sadykov
Bekzat Sadykov Vor 17 Tage
Well, let's make it fully covered with titanium armor and use a camera connected to monitors in the helmet. Like VR lol.
Captured By Smartphones
Imagine a closed cockpit in Grosjeans crash.
Speedblack Vor 18 Tage
S Lohmann
S Lohmann Vor 18 Tage
The canopy would have saved Ayrton Senna’s life in 1994. He was killed by debris that entered his helmet visor.
Tanner W
Tanner W Vor 19 Tage
Not sure about fully enclosed after watching grosjean climb out of a fireball. Halo seems to work
FatMan Vor 19 Tage
Some Top Fuel dragsters run with a closed canopy.
CharlieW Vor 14 Tage
@John Farrelly why would he do that?
John Farrelly
John Farrelly Vor 16 Tage
Change you name to "DumbMan"
Riley Barker
Riley Barker Vor 19 Tage
When you crash with your halo 😇
Konstantinos Frizz
Konstantinos Frizz Vor 19 Tage
Not sure how I'm feeling about a closed cockpit, however, it would look cool. If F1 could return to V8s and V10s that would be the best!!!
thexitto Vor 19 Tage
Aero screens are very ugly.. but the fighter jet canopy it´s beautiful and much more useful than other solution.. they just got to solve the cooling part.
CharlieW Vor 14 Tage
Copy Indy car for the cooling part
Gecko0505 Vor 19 Tage
I would say the Halo is the better option in terms of structural integrity. A screen with out suitable support around the rim will easily collapse at high impact.
Retro Jasper
Retro Jasper Vor 19 Tage
Anybody else know about the Thomas price crash? Well this design if it was made at the time would’ve made that much worse
KiLLJoY Vor 20 Tage
One day they’re gonna have a driver hit by a spring through the Halo, and then they’ll stick on a screen.
CharlieW Vor 14 Tage
Like how Felipe massa was hit by a spring and fractured his skull? I still don’t see an aero screen
Guitar Player Factory Channel
Ejector seats would good be ok in event of crash too..
Marcz Long
Marcz Long Vor 20 Tage
What would say Fangio about this? :)
Javi Pipes
Javi Pipes Vor 21 Tag
Only issue with the halo I have is that it runs directly in the line of sight. Understand it protects from full front impacts, but at The cost of reduced visibility that creates another safety issue. For all the NASCAR fans, there is a huge difference between a stock car mostly flat, standard car windshield and a fighter jet style bubble canopy. Visibility is a little different as is heat magnification. Also, no driver side window on a stock car.
CharlieW Vor 14 Tage
I hope you know that f1 drivers don’t see the halo when driving, bottas said "I've done a race simulation already with the halo, and I have to say during the race I never noticed it anymore,"
Deeds Iggy
Deeds Iggy Vor 22 Tage
Hoping an improvemed halo with screen comes along
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