Williams, Valencia, 2011

Valencia testing day 2 in pictures

2011 F1 testingPosted on Author Keith Collantine

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:

Images ?é?® F1 Fanatic and Julien Leroy / firstlap.be. If you wish to use these images please contact F1 Fanatic to request permission

91 comments on “Valencia testing day 2 in pictures”

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

    2. 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.”

    1. Not if you consider Virgin’s livery to be attrative though! I recall it was Keith’s favourite last year.

      I’ve changed my mind and I think the Renault does actually look amazing, at least on the track. Kubica’s and Petrov’s helmets seem to make the red bits work. 9th from the bottom, of Kubica is a great one.

    2. I’m not sure what I think any more, sometimes, at the right angles, the car looks great. But to be honest I’m starting to think this is the shape of the car and not the livery.

      The gold likes look, almost like they have been painted in the wrong places.

  1. 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!!

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

    2. 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

    1. 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.

        1. 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?

          1. 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.

    2. 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…

  2. 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

  3. 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..?

    1. I think their will be additions in later tests. But up until now, no one has anything revolutionary, other than Renault’s exhaust system. I have a gut feeling that Mclaren has a trick up its sleeve.

  4. 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.

    1. I don’t think the hrt will be slower than last years. Other cars are slower because they no longer have double diffusers or f-ducts, hrt had neither of these to begin with.

  5. 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.

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