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Red Bull to trial canopy in P1

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Red Bull will test their canopy concept during Practice One at the Russian Grand Prix, the team have confirmed. 

The canopy is the former world champion's alternative to the halo device ran by Ferrari during pre-season testing. 

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner told Sky Sports F1 after the Chinese GP that they may run the design "briefly" in Sochi providing it passed static testing, which it did this week.

It is not yet clear how long the cockpit protection system will be used or whether Daniel Ricciardo or Daniil Kvyat will deploy it, but the team said it would be visually tested during P1.

The canopy, as well as the halo, are designed to give additional protection to drivers in the event of an object, for example a tyre, hitting a driver in an accident and they could be introduced as soon as 2017.

"I think the canopy offers a bit more protection because it does have a windscreen," Horner said.

"It's a more elegant solution. We believe there's better visibility and it's a more elegant solution to the brief, rather than the boomerang thing that is the halo."

The FIA has set the goal of introducing some form of head protection for drivers in 2017, with most drivers having proved increasingly in favour of a solution.

Felipe Massa suffered a serious head injury at the Hungarian GP in 2009 when a spring pierced his crash helmet and the Williams driver welcomed the Red Bull trial.

"It will be nice to see how it looks and how it is for the drivers. If it's comfortable, the feeling, and everything," Massa said.

"It's nice that you see teams trying to help and give some ideas so we get the best idea for improving safety even more."

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