Picture gallery: 2011 young drivers test day one

2011 F1 testing

The F1 cars were back in action at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi today with the first of two days of testing for young drivers.

Among the unfamiliar names at the wheel were Russia’s Mikhail Aleshin at Renault, Antonio Felix da Costa of Portugal at Force India and Mexican Esteban Gutierrez at Sauber.

Here’s a collection of pictures from today’s test.

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36 comments on Picture gallery: 2011 young drivers test day one

  1. It would be great to see Jules given Massa’s car in a couple of years and give Alonso a run for his money, 07 style.

    • Bianchi is the most overrated GP2 driver…

      • Whitty 123 said on 16th November 2010, 17:23

        Totally agree Jane. Not seen him do anything that made me think, he’d be a good driver. Then again neither did Kobayashi…

        • Scribe (@scribe) said on 16th November 2010, 18:15

          Err he’s a ridiculous 21, he’s already got the Formula Three Euroseries, the French Formula Renault 2.0 and has come third in his first year of GP2.

          Hows that for underacheivement.

          • spectator said on 17th November 2010, 0:16

            Ferrari loves him i dont know if ferrari are already testing performance but the car looks up to date clearly visible on the front wing

          • spectator said on 17th November 2010, 0:19

            he also runned multiple noses and no f-duct so clearly ferrari is spoiling his protege cause i doubt that bianchi is fast enough too be a good tester

  2. is there any offical timing for the test?

  3. Bianchi has changed helmet design. I prefer it now.

    • Last year he wasn’t using a helmet with Ferrari sponsors, but plain, and this year he’s using a Schuberth with complete sponsors.

  4. McLarenFanJamm said on 16th November 2010, 13:50

    Keith, who do you use to get these pictures?

  5. luigismen said on 16th November 2010, 14:01

    No pictures from Maldonado or Gonzalez?

  6. @Fixy im pretty sure thats like a 1080p High Defenition camera…also Bianchi’s helmet wow that thing is a beauty!!

  7. Scribe (@scribe) said on 16th November 2010, 16:14

    Esteban Gutierrez is even cuter than Vettle used to be. An talented enough to make up for the fact Sergio Perez is getting his seat.

  8. Whee!! New helmet designs!!

  9. i jus noticed this big A** antenna on Bianchi’s Ferrari…I wonder whats the point of that there

  10. George said on 16th November 2010, 18:24

    Ok, all the red bull drivers having similar helmets is getting annoying now.

  11. What was the purpose of the Williams’ test?

  12. Are there some pictures from Belgium driver Jérôme D´Ambrosio ??

  13. corey said on 17th November 2010, 0:34

    what this testing tells everyone about f1 is that success is not dependent on the driver as much as it is on the car. i have heard time and time again about how great certain drivers are(senna, prost, mansell, schumacher, alonso and now vettel) and who would be winning if…..bottom line, if you put anyone in a rb6, they would be winning races. do we all really believe that mark webber is better than lewis hamilton? do we really believe that jenson button is that good or is it just that the brawn gp car was? was schumacher great, or was the ferrari f200x just a great series of cars?

    • J-Roc said on 17th November 2010, 4:39

      Agreed Button’s title was a fluke and almost lost it all at the end. In F1 the car is kinda important though. Good drivers develop good cars and make them better. Schumacher made the f200x series a world beater. Alonso developed a Renault that won him 2 titles. Plop Hamilton in a RB6 , and sure he’ll win.

      • great, glad you agree. I have been a big fan of the sport for a long time, but I have seen in the last several seasons that the car, developed by good drivers, can make even the average or also ran driver look really good. what always amazes me more, is when someone takes a car like a toro rosso and win with it.

  14. damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 17th November 2010, 11:32

    I was a little disappointed when I heard Hulkenberg was leaving Williams, but I hope Ricciardo is his replacement. Then, when Webber retires, he can go to Red Bull! I like him already.

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