Vitaly Petrov, Renault, Valencia, 2011

Valencia testing day 1 in pictures

2011 F1 testingPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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

119 comments on “Valencia testing day 1 in pictures”

  1. 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?

    1. Trying to get one but it hasn’t been out much yet. Julien is down in the pits at the moment hunting for it.

      1. great coverage of the launches etc. for now Keith. I must say i like the improved Mercedes livery most some of the pictures are great.

      2. Point out to him that if he can get one then it will probably be all over the internet within minutes and could very well be in demand from other publications etc!!

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

    1. And Lotus, right?

      1. are lotus actually there?

        1. They are, but they arrived only today and will start testing tomorrow (and continue one day after the rest have packed up)

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

    1. Oh and do my eyes deceive me or are there suspension arms attached to the rear wing support?

      1. I suppose they really did go agressive this year! Free flowing air in front of the rear wing and beam wing.

        1. Did someone buy Patrick Head an Ariel Atom for Christmas? :D

  4. Much, much differences in airscopes and rollbars this year…

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

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

    1. They spray a fluorescent dye on it to se how the airflow acts on the surface of the wing.

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

    1. 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.

      1. 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…

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

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

    1. 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.

    2. 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)

      1. Does anyone have the link?

  13. 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!

    1. That’s because the rear of the car gets so hot the paint would melt. The Honda Earth car of 2007 is a good illustration, the Earth graphic was cut off because it would melt if it was placed around the rear bodywork:

  14. Fernandos Helmet with that new Ferrari/Marlboro sign looks hideous

  15. 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. 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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