Vettel felt 'dizzy' using 'shield' cockpit protection

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2019 will be the last year of the race unless a new deal is brokered with Liberty Media

Championship leader Sebastian Vettel's bid to win this weekend's British Grand Prix and stamp his authority on the title race will be boosted by Ferrari's third upgraded engine of the year, he said Thursday.

The FIA has been pushing ahead with the Shield as its preferred cockpit protection device this year, having previously worked to develop the Halo.

Speaking after practice, Vettel revealed he had planned to do more running with the device but asked for it to be removed because he didn't like it.

"It had quite a lot of distortion and I got a bit dizzy and there was a lot of downwash coming off the back of my helmet and pushing my head forward, so we made a decision to take it off".

"I think we can improve a bit in qualifying. I think it is because of the curvature", Vettel said.

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When asked if the device, which extends along the car's nose in front of the driver, impacted on his ability to get in and out of the auto, he said: "For sure it doesn't help".

"For sure it doesn't help".

"Getting in and getting out [was tricky], it's probably more about getting used to it".

The governing body is also completing a series of indoor and outdoor tests with the Shield before it hits the track again at the Italian Grand Prix in September.

"On Friday you don't run maximum performance". Obviously it's always a bit in a plan, it's on target. "I haven't seen much yet but it's fun to drive around here!"

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