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:

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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. electrolite (@electrolite) said on 1st February 2011, 12:12

    That Merc sure looks agile.

    I’m loving how good Petrov’s helmet looks with the R31. It makes the red endplates look better.

    That reminds me, will Kubica’s helmet go back to red? If it does that’ll match ‘em too! Or will he go black and follow the car?

  2. renault looks alot better out on track..
    really excitied for mclaren lauch on friday :D

  3. David McVey said on 1st February 2011, 12:18

    No-one is setting representative times yet. End of!!!

    They’ve got all sorts of tinkering to get done before they’ll let the drivers give it full beans.

    Ferrari may be happier to go at a quicker pace as their manufacturing schedule was ahead of everyone elses so they probably have a few spare components they can use in case Alonslow wipes the nose off or something.

    Everyone else will be very cautious until the spares start rolling off the production line.

  4. that Williams is really tight and naked at the back, as opposed to the bulky FI

  5. 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?

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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!!

  10. 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!!

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

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