A headrest is a part of the F1 car that reduces the amount of shock by absorbing impact force during a clash. This is a safety device designed to protect the driver’s head from strain.
This device is usually made of carbon fiber due to its enhanced properties like the ability to absorb shock and being lightweight. This device also contributes to the aerodynamic property of the F1 car.
The headrest was introduced in 1996 to protect the head and neck of the diver under so much G force. Headrests prevent whiplash as well and some believe that this device saved few lives in F1 history.