McLaren Formula One drivers Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso have thrown their support behind single-seater racing series’ adopting closed cockpits on the back of the death of IndyCar driver Justin Wilson.
Despite being the most experienced driver on the grid with 277 race starts under his belt, Button is eager to see the sport he loves being overhauled with closed cockpits.
Recently discussing the issue Button said “I was one of many drivers who said ‘this is open-cockpit racing, it should stay as open-cockpit racing. But I think we’ve all had enough now and it’s time to do something serious about it, not just changing the headrest. You’ve got to get a canopy on the car of some sort, because we can’t have this happening as much as it has over the last few years.
“It just shouldn’t happen at this time in motorsport. It’s not the seventies, we should know better. Canopies probably are the way to go, but obviously that takes time. I can’t see it happening for next year in Formula 1. I feel it needs to happen sooner rather than later,” Button said.
Button’s teammate, Fernando Alonso also supports the idea of closed cockpits.
“I think I’m open to any solution that the technology in these days, in 2015, [allows for] a closed cockpit with no big issues. There are other categories like the World Endurance Championship that has the closed cockpit and nothing happened.”