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 / firstlap.be, Force India F1 Team, Mercedes GP, Williams/LAT

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119 comments on Valencia testing day 1 in pictures

  1. 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?

  2. 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:
    http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/barr_will_vale_2011-21.jpg

  3. 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)

  4. 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!

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

    Fernandos Helmet with that new Ferrari/Marlboro sign looks hideous

  6. 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?

  7. 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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