Valencia testing day 2 in pictures

2011 F1 testing

Testing continues today in Valencia with Lotus joining the 11 other teams on the track.

Here are pictures from today’s test. Among the interesting technical features to note are:

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91 comments on Valencia testing day 2 in pictures

  1. Kest (@kest) said on 2nd February 2011, 12:33

    Is that a bit of flowvis paint on Alonso rear wing?

  2. BasCB (@bascb) said on 2nd February 2011, 12:34

    Those pictures taken early in the morning where the sun is still low give great images.

  3. the-muffin-man said on 2nd February 2011, 12:55

    The pace of the Williams is a bit worrying – have they been having problems?

    • Senninha25 said on 2nd February 2011, 13:52

      They’ve lost many of their 2010 sponsors (RBS, Philips and many others) and are now trying to get back for the lost money via new sponsor deals, and that’s basically the main reason why Maldonado got his seat in the first place.

      • If that was an issue they would be lighting up the timing boards trying to get potential sponsor interested. All the teams are running very slowly at this stage and this test DOES NOT represent the relative pace of the cars.

    • Skett (@skett) said on 2nd February 2011, 14:01

      They had some problems with their kers yesterday but nothing other than that.

      Barichello hinted that they ran yesterday with relatively high amounts of fuel so I wouldn’t worry too much.
      “The balance of the car wasn’t really good, but it’s going to be very difficult to have a car that feels good with the amount of fuel that we were running.”
      “There is more than three seconds between low fuel and what we are running.”

    • Icemangrins said on 2nd February 2011, 14:10

      Their problem started when they signed drama queen “Rubens”

  4. BasCB (@bascb) said on 2nd February 2011, 13:02

    Boy, I first thought that picture of the Renault was a Virgin (from the black with red wings). Bad job with the livery there guys!

  5. Gubstar said on 2nd February 2011, 13:05

    Apart from the fact that all the cars look very similar (I bet if they were all painted white it would be even harder this year to tell who is who) I think all the liveries released so far look great. Even the Sauber is a bit better now it has stickers!!

    Just a shame this isnt being streamed on the net so that the thousands and thousands of fans can watch. No need for commentary, pundits or anchor, just cctv like shots with sound! Surely that can be done cheaply!

    Its 2011 people!!! I know testing is boring, but surely this canbe done. Its supposed to be the pinnacle after all. MUTV show United’s pre season games. BBC need to have a think!!

    • Talladega Knight said on 2nd February 2011, 13:20

      I think just about every Formula 1 fan would love to see that, however it all comes down that the BBC has with FOM. Or do FOM own the rights to testing?
      Anyway I was thinking that the BBC should get all the F1 crew down to one of the tests and put on a show similar to the one that happened during Qualifying for the Japanese GP. So the crew are running in and out of the garages talking to the drivers, introducing the new ones and possibly discussing the changes in their new car. I think that would be brilliant and they would only need to do it the once.

      • Mark Hitchcock (@mark-hitchcock) said on 2nd February 2011, 14:10

        The bbc are cutting costs wherever they can this year, particularly the sports sections of their website. Add that to the fact that they have already received criticism about the amount they spend on F1 and you can see why they will never cover testing live, even in a very limited capacity.

    • luigismen (@luigismen) said on 2nd February 2011, 13:22

      In a football match, if all the players were using the same uniform, it would be hard to tell who is who too.
      But I know what you are saying, they are looking pretty much equal because of the regulations

  6. Have lotus set a time yet?

  7. it would be nice if we get a pic of FI & McLaren if they running double diffuser or not :)

    • McLarenFanJamm (@mclarenfanjamm) said on 2nd February 2011, 14:12

      Yeah, they only pics of the back of the McLaren are too far away and too dark to make out the shape of the diffuser. Although the photographer is obviously hampered by the cars position on track and his own position relative to it. It’s difficult.

      • Franton said on 2nd February 2011, 14:23

        What would be the point? They’re running last year’s car still.

        • The point would be to see how the tyres behave with this years down force, what the point of knowing how they work on a car with features that is banned for this year?

          • Last year’s McLaren is a known quantity – the team knows how the car behaved on Bridgestones, so any changes give them pretty good information about the characteristics of the Pirellis.

            Whereas, if you run your new car on the new tyres then you’ve got two unknown quantities rather than one.

      • Andy c said on 2nd February 2011, 14:44

        They are running the 2010 diffuser with blanks in it to mimictge downforce levels of 2011.

    • A photo of the Mclaren in the pits yesterday shows it running one of the late-season iterations of their VAST 2010 diffuser. It didn’t look like it was blanked off…presumably so that they can compare the Pirellis to the Bridgestones whilst keeping everything else as constant as possible on the car. Hence the fact the f-duct’s still there, perhaps…

  8. Victor. said on 2nd February 2011, 13:10

    The Renault looks much better on track than in front of the garage. Also yay for Kubica’s helmet being red again!

    • Martin said on 2nd February 2011, 15:08

      Yeah, it doesn’t look as bad as it seemed at first, does it?
      I miss last year’s yellow livery though. It was beautiful.

  9. i think on track the red endplates overpower the comparatively more subtle gold lines. To the casual eye it just looks like a black car with bits of red on it

  10. MGP W01 said on 2nd February 2011, 13:25

    why does the Mercedes have the w01 wing which is the same as the Brawn Gp front wing?

    Please enlighten me why.

  11. miguelF1O (@) said on 2nd February 2011, 13:53

    Sergio Perez wow his first picture!oh no he ruined it! he cutted the corner…

  12. brabham said on 2nd February 2011, 13:53

    I see toro rosso came to the test with last years car :0 ha!

  13. it seems no team is going to great lengths to hide or mask parks of their car this year.. saw teams covering up and hiding parts right up untill the last race last year..?

  14. Todfod (@todfod) said on 2nd February 2011, 14:17

    The 2011 cars are nearly 2 seconds off the pace compared to their predecessors. I cannot see the Ferrari and Red Bull put a time lower than the mid 1:12s.

    Whats scary is HRT’s performance, they are over 5 seconds off the pace with their last years car.. and I’m pretty sure they will be over 7 seconds off the pace in their new 2011 challenger. And with the utterly untalented Karthikeyan behind the wheel, I honestly wonder how many Sundays we will see an HRT on the grid.

  15. Argent said on 2nd February 2011, 14:18

    I’m glad Kubica went back to his orange helmet–it looks great!

  16. Bäremans said on 2nd February 2011, 14:32

    Would be cool to see different pics of the cars in the same corner or at the same posittion in a straight at full speed, to compare the hight of the front wings.
    Curious to see if this will still be an issue this year.

  17. Dougy_D (@dougy_d) said on 2nd February 2011, 14:37

    Virgin seem to have made excellent progress since 2010. Come on Team Lotus! Show us some real lap times!!

  18. summers (@summers) said on 2nd February 2011, 14:38

    A closer look to Robert’s new helmet:

  19. Larcem (@) said on 2nd February 2011, 14:40

    Kubica with the new helmet and car looks AWESOME. I also can´t wait for friday, to see the new McLaren. I hope it´s good!

  20. Yay! Lotus records a time 1:20.649

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