Kimi Raikkonen became the first driver to test the new halo closed cockpit concept during Formula 1 testing at Barcelona in Spain on Wednesday.

The installation was fitted to his car for an installation lap in the morning and comes as the FIA works on introducing the design into F1 for 2017.

Painted in black, the frame protected the head and featured a single column down the centre - which has been the solution that teams and the governing body have favoured.

More to follow.

This article by Jonathan Noble originally appeared on, the world's leader in auto racing news, photos and video.

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