Gary Paffett, McLaren, Abu Dhabi, 2010

Picture gallery: Pirelli tyre test day one

2011 F1 testingPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

The familiar Bridgestone sidewalls are gone and as of today we now have the eye-catching yellow of Pirelli.

Here are pictures of all the F1 cars testing on Pirelli tyres for the first time at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi today.

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32 comments on “Picture gallery: Pirelli tyre test day one”

  1. Its funny to see the sponsorship logos on the Hispania car have been quickly and cheaply painted over with a matte grey paint.

  2. The yellow writing on the tyres looks much more ‘sportish’ then the boring white of the Bridgestones!

    Never noticed the “THANK YOU LOTUS FANS” on the car before.

    1. On the other hand, the white didn’t collide with any team colors, whereas that’s not the case with the yellow… so i’m all for white Pirelli logos ;)

      1. The white didn’t, but the green from the soft tyre stripe, did…

        1. True
          (filler text so that the comment is not too short)

    2. They look very nice on the lotus cars and will do so even more with the black and gold livery next year.

      1. I don’t know why, but I like the green band on the ‘option’ compound tyres! I don’t know whether that is because it is aesthically pleasing or it signifies Formula 1 at it’s fastest. All I know is that I get excited when I see the green band – as it means we are going to see some blistering lap times!

        Also, who is in this picture? – It says it is Rosberg, but that isn’t his helmet is it? – This is Rosberg, and he has a different helmet…

        1. Pretty sure it would be Rosberg. He’s probably just trying out a new helmet, it looks like an unpainted carbon fibre helmet.

          You can tell its him frm the gloves, Rosberg wears yellow and Schu wears red to match their normal helmets.

  3. They look more ‘black’ than the Bridgestones. I still want a 4-way tyre war between Pirelli, Michelin, Bridgestone & Goodyear though. No 2-compound rule and Maximum competition.

    1. I prefer single supplier. The focus on should be on the car or the driver, not on the tyres.

  4. Nice Massa’s photo from in front.

  5. They look like comedicly over-inflated lego wheels. Cool!

  6. They need to have something else instead of the green stripe, like a yellow stripe or something for the softer/option tyres.

    That’s FIA though, not Pirelli. The yellow writing looks cool, still

  7. The Pirellis look so much more bulkier than the bridgestones.The sizes of tyres are the same as this years bridgestones arent they?

  8. Seen from a distance, the Yellow immediately reminds me of Goodyear.

    1. Me too! Funnily enough, the last time Pirelli were around, they used white markings since Goodyear used yellow.

  9. It’s really bugging me because I don’t know why the Lotus car has the question mark on it’s sidepod mounted wing mirror thing. The mystery of why they changed it from the racers number to that question mark during the season.

    Oh, and I see the HRT car has no colored camera on top of the airbox.

    1. There was LR8 on the sidepod, a sponsor. Since Japan they changed it to a “?”.

      1. Maybe the question mark is because their name is in question. Japan was the first race after Group Lotus announced their legal challenge to the rights…

  10. HounslowBusGarage
    19th November 2010, 20:06

    That’s an intersting pic of the left front of Kubica’s car. Very grained up.

    1. But the graining looks very consistent.

  11. Is it my imagination or do these tyres seem shorter when looked at from the side?

  12. These tyres look some much nicer than the Bridgestone slicks. When they reintroduced slicks last year, I was hoping for a return of the nicely proportioned slicks of yesteryear, but instead the Bridgestone slicks looked like Cartwheels, or hockey pucks because the sidewalls were way too flat (Don’t even mention the green stripe!).

    The combination of the better colour of black, the yellow “Pirelli” logos and the nice curve/ bulge in the sidewall, make the Pirellis look much more aesthetically pleasing.

    1. sounds daft, but they really are blacker and rounder than the old ones!

    2. I guess it must be the curved sidewalls making the tyres appear to look shorter when viewed from a sideways angle.

  13. I didn’t see it too much in these pics, but from the pics on it seemed like every single set of tyres grained up pretty badly.

    Glad to see Pirelli back though!

  14. its a shame they didnt increase the size of the rims like in IRL

  15. ithink HRT will have no sponser because they are having trouble with money problems and their cars sucks! No wonder they don’t have sponsers anymore.

    btw i am only 13, so I dont care about my ENGLISH :P

  16. What is that black thing on Massa’s car? it looks like a sword.

    1. it’s a Pitot tube. thanks to F1F, now i can proudly know these kinds of things. :)

  17. I’m trying to decide if the yellow Pirelli logo looks better on the RB or the Renault?

    It’s certainly a better tire if nothing else.

    1. better looking tire*

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