PIC: Raikkonen debuts F1's new cockpit protector

It is intended to protect drivers' heads from flying debris

PIC: Raikkonen debuts F1's new cockpit protector

Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and Ferrari steers his car during a testing session at the Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo just outside of Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, March 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Ferrari F1 driver Kimi Raikkonen's become the first to drive with the new cockpit safety system.

His car has been fitted with the protective structure during pre-season testing in Barcelona.

It is designed to shield racers from flying debris and it is planned for introduction in 2017.