Hamilton considering closed cockpit

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MONZA, Italy (AP) Formula One leader Lewis Hamilton is giving serious thought to the possibility of closed cockpits following the death of fellow British driver Justin Wilson in IndyCar.

Wilson died 10 days ago after being hit in the helmet by debris from another car. That came a month after F1 driver Jules Bianchi died following nine months in a coma after a massive head injury in a race crash last October.

"It's a difficult one. From one side I see closed cockpit as potentially the future," Hamilton said on Thursday at the Italian Grand Prix. "But growing up and watching the sport - I grew up watching Ayrton's (Senna) generation of racing - and it's always been open cockpit. So it's difficult to change minds, but sometimes change is the way forward."

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