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Max Chilton Ex-Formula One driver Max Chilton expects closed F1 driver cockpits

Ex-Formula One driver Max Chilton believes closed cockpits will certainly be part of the sport, likely in the next decade.

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Ex-Formula One driver Max Chilton believes closed cockpits will certainly be part of the sport, likely in the next decade.

The debate over motorsport safety has gathered further momentum after the death of IndyCar driver Justin Wilson, who was hit by debris during the ABC Supply 500 on Sunday.

It comes just over a month after Chilton's former Marussia team-mate Jules Bianchi died from injuries suffered at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix.

Chilton said safety remained a concern for motorsport and he feels F1 will eventually take the steps to introduce closed driver cockpits.

"That is the one weak area we have left in motorsport and that is the one bit we need to make a little bit more safe," Chilton told the F1 Midweek Report.

"There are dangers to having them, because if you are trapped you can't get out, but from what I have seen in the footage they are super strong. I think we just need to find a way of making it so that whatever type of crash you have you can get out 100 per cent.

"You wouldn't even think about being hit by debris if you were covered, you wouldn't even know about it, it probably wouldn't even leave a mark.

"So it is something I think is definitely the route to go. It might be in five years, it might be in 10 years, but I can guarantee you there will be covers eventually."

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