Valencia testing day 1 in pictures

2011 F1 testing

The first test session of 2011 has begun in Valencia.

Here are the first pictures of the newly-launched 2011 F1 cars in action including the Ferrari F150, Red Bull RB7 and Mercedes W02.

More pictures will be added here throughout the day.

See here for pictures of Renault?s radical front exit exhausts.

Find pictures from the new car launches here:

2011 F1 testing

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Images ?? Julien Leroy /, Force India F1 Team, Mercedes GP, Williams/LAT

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119 comments on Valencia testing day 1 in pictures

  1. Henry said on 1st February 2011, 13:10

    Keith, is there any chance of getting hold of a picture of the front of the Renault, so we can see their front-facing EBD please?

  2. DavidS (@davids) said on 1st February 2011, 13:12

    One thing I’ve noticed is a lot more cars running pull rod rear suspension packages this year.
    Red Bull and Toro Rosso

  3. spawinte said on 1st February 2011, 13:29

    Wow the point where the rear wing is bolted on (to the diff I think?) is totally exposed on the Williams.

  4. Stefanauss (@stefanauss) said on 1st February 2011, 13:39

    Much, much differences in airscopes and rollbars this year…

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 1st February 2011, 14:45

      For now it does seem to me, they are experiencing some problems. They ran 9 laps in the morning until Rosberg stalled on the straight, haven’t been out after that.

  5. Adrian J (@adrian-j) said on 1st February 2011, 13:56

    We need some nice close up photos of the front of those Renault sidepods…to see if we can spot the exhausts!!

  6. Good to see the season kick into life but is anyone else disappointed how alike all the cars look? Yes the Red Bull is a great car but where has the imagination gone? However loving the new Mercedes, looks the nuts!!

  7. Ben Curly said on 1st February 2011, 14:13

    This afternoon is pretty dry when it comes to news from the track. Maybe you guys have some recommendations, some websites with live commentary or some tweet channels to follow?

    F1Fanatic is great when it comes to new pictures from the track and I’m here all the time. I absolutely love them, and I already have some candidates for my new wallpaper, but some commentary would be nice too.

    I’m just wondering, is there anyone here who bought a PLUS subscription on autosport? If so, is the autosport live worth it? Thanks in advance.

  8. Dougie (@f1droid) said on 1st February 2011, 14:16

    They should have had that Ferrari clearing the roads this winter, looks perfect for the job.

    That Williams rear end is phenomenal, I hope that proves seriously innovative and fast, would be great to see them back up at the sharp end.

  9. Fixy (@fixy) said on 1st February 2011, 14:55

    In this photo you can still see on the rear wing the traces of the “HISPANIA” logo.

    • Cacarella said on 1st February 2011, 15:04

      Nothing a little polishing and buffing can’t remove… oh wait, that’s not in this years budget.

  10. BadAss said on 1st February 2011, 15:08

    Everyone is talking about the cars, but what about the tires? are there slower then the bridgestones?

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 1st February 2011, 15:19

      probably a bit slower, but not by much. If you compare last years times they are about the same as now, but the cars themselves will have gone faster.

      • Pedal to the Vettel (@pedal-to-the-vettel) said on 1st February 2011, 16:21

        Nico Rosberg said they were the same (almost) as the bridgestones, and that they still understeer. Ofc that could just be a chance to play mind games with schumi…

        • BasCB (@bascb) said on 1st February 2011, 16:48

          I would think he is having a go. Just to be on the safe side. Schumi did go a lot faster with the car in the afternoon to see what was in it, so he might be right about the tyres.

  11. James Bolton said on 1st February 2011, 15:16

    Some excellent pictures. The rear of the Williams is so tightly packaged. The gearbox must be tiny:

  12. Nixon (@nixon) said on 1st February 2011, 15:38

    What is the sword like thing on Alonso’s car?

    • James Bolton said on 1st February 2011, 16:21

      It has a pitot on the top so it’s mesuring the air speed, probably comparing the speed with the readings from the pitot on the nose. I’m not sure if that’s the only job it’s doing though; it could have something to do with windtunnel or CFD caliberation.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 1st February 2011, 16:49

      Its something for sensors, they have it in testing each year (we had a lot of discussions about this during testing last year, there is bound to be more detail in those articles)

  13. Calum said on 1st February 2011, 18:06

    All the teams seem to leave the rear of their cars unpainted carbon black – would it not be advantageous to paint them white since this is where the high temps are usually exiting – unless you are Renault!

  14. BadAss said on 1st February 2011, 18:12

    Fernandos Helmet with that new Ferrari/Marlboro sign looks hideous

  15. mingmong said on 2nd February 2011, 3:58

    G’day, just wondering why we are sening a trend with all teams opting for a higher nose cone? Id like your opinions. I am not expert. Could it be as they have a reduction in rear end downforce therefore they require less front end downforce to better balance there cars?

  16. F1Fanatic96 said on 2nd February 2011, 7:49

    i like the black and gold, I think it’s gorgeous but if you’re gonna have red on it then surely go for the red and gold colours?! And by the way, all team jackets MUST be made from swade! (I know that’s probably not how you spell it but it sounds like that and you know what I mean!)

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