Jerez test day 1 in pictures

2011 F1 testing

The second F1 test session of 2011 has begun at Jerez.

The new McLaren, Force India and Virgin are appearing for the first time at this test.

Here is a selection of pictures from Jerez.

More pictures will be added here throughout the test.

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87 comments on Jerez test day 1 in pictures

  1. The overhead shot of Webber shows how insanly brilliant the rear of the RB really is WOW….
    Would love a pic of the Williams from that angle though ;)

    • Astonishing, especially when compared with the similar angle shot of the Sauber.

      • Sangeen Khan said on 10th February 2011, 13:20

        I read somewhere that pushrod suspension cannot be as tightly packed as pullrod.If that is the case,then Ferrari have done a brilliant job since their rear is almost as compact as Redbulls.
        Btw,can you tell which type of suspension it is just by looking and whats the main difference between the two?which is better?

        • Todfod (@todfod) said on 10th February 2011, 13:37

          I’ve heard about that as well. A pull rod suspension leaves more space for the rear to be packaged efficiently. Check this link out if you want to know more about it.

        • Ferrari do look to have done a good job in this area too.

          You can tell the type of suspension just by looking. There are four main components on display in the rear suspension – the two wishbones, the driveshaft and the push or pullrod. The pushrod or pullrod is the only diagonal member in the rear suspension, whereas the other suspension arms are basically horizontal. A pushrod slopes upwards from the wheel into the chassis. Whereas a pullrod slopes downwards from the wheel into the chassis.

        • spectator said on 10th February 2011, 22:11

          but i think pullrod was more damaging to the tyres

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 10th February 2011, 12:16

      Real tight! The Williams is not only tight, but low as well (only car like that on track), I would love to see that as well.

  2. That mclaren looks so funky – not ugly, not pretty

    Maybe Fugly is a good description..

    The sidepods look angled inwards too

    • Tombong said on 10th February 2011, 12:07

      But, the mp2-26 is voted as the best looking car in 2011 :)

      • IceMan said on 10th February 2011, 12:39

        Who care about poll results?

        • Tombong said on 10th February 2011, 13:23

          the reason i brought up the poll result is an intended sarcasm. i am wondering how can the mp4-26 even considered to be a looker, let alone top the poll. to me the whole body of the mp4-26 is too cluttered with bulges, it looks weird.

        • I think tombong was joking/being sarchastic….i got it tombong

          – on a side note, I do think the mclaren is the most visually interesting..

          I just want to see it in motion on the track as it looks different on the track compared to the press shots…

  3. BasCB (@bascb) said on 10th February 2011, 12:08

    That hole for cooling air in the back of the RBR certainly is a try to get some hot air over the beam wing. look how far it sticks in.

    I saw a tweet (F1Enigma) saying something about McLaren running Renault type exhausts. I get the impression FI might be into something like that as well, look at the heat shielding on the front of the floor.

  4. Larcem (@) said on 10th February 2011, 12:09

    anyone notice the differences in the RBR7?

  5. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 10th February 2011, 12:11

    Maybe I’m missing it, but I can’t see a Kubica message on the Force India. But I understand they’re using today for filming purposes which might explain why.

  6. semirossi said on 10th February 2011, 12:17

    Found this picture of
    McLarens car

    What’s up with that diffuser? Is it just a cover or something new they will implement this year? Does anyone know?

  7. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 10th February 2011, 12:27

    Looks like McLaren might be venting its exhausts at the tea tray area. Have a look here.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 10th February 2011, 13:08

      Great scoop picture again Keith. If that works, …

      I would expect the drivers to be even more cooked at races like Malaysia! Or possilby they will alternate configurations depending on track and circumstances (imagine that t-tray scooping up the monsoon water at Korea!)

    • fatbloke76 said on 10th February 2011, 13:26

      i cant see were you mean keith?

  8. mingmong said on 10th February 2011, 12:29

    You guys know a good live timing site?

  9. McLaren has a new looking rear wing, and a swan neck to house the rear wing actuator. That central column looks far back too, with mounting on the beam wing… Ferrari is much more forward.

  10. Dave F. said on 10th February 2011, 13:29

    Has anyone seen where the McLaren’s exhaust is exiting?

    Is it between the rear suspension wish-bones?

  11. Coefficient said on 10th February 2011, 13:32

    MP4 26 exhaust solution.

    Certainly more refined than the Renault.

    • Mister Nillionaire (@mister-nillionaire) said on 10th February 2011, 13:44

      As mentioned in the forum posts following the picture, I too think it is way too small to be an exhaust pipe.

      • Coefficient said on 10th February 2011, 13:56

        I’m guessing you’re thinking this is a KERS cooling inlet?

        Very doubtful, the drag penalty would be extreme and the intended function of the bib splitter would be compromised by trying to achieve useful airflow both over and through it. Far better to have one function for something that determines performance so strongly. Further to this, whilst the car is in yaw, you would be in danger of creating cyclonics in the inlet which would halt the cooling effect and encourage overheating.

    • Todfod (@todfod) said on 11th February 2011, 6:54

      Anyone know what Ferrari is upto with their exhausts??

  12. alonso_elmatador said on 10th February 2011, 13:52

    to be honest Ferrari f150 is best looking car.(also all cars looking just as I wanted)I mean all of them are cool.

    Rbr’s engine roof is also cool,its like Newey found something different again.But must be easy to copy.Lets see what ll pushrod ll bring as Ferrari n Bull??

  13. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi logo on the nose of the F150th Italia.

  14. What’s happened here to the rear light?

    • These look very much like the stickers that get put in various places on the chassis to measure the localised temperature while the car is in motion.

  15. MrEsF1Analysis said on 10th February 2011, 14:20

    Allthough its french, I’m using this live ticker:

    I think its better updated than the Williams one and also commented (simple french), telling about longruns and when Hamilton last left the pits.

  16. SchumiVroooom said on 10th February 2011, 14:24

    Looking at the times that the Mercededes W02 is putting up so far i get a bad feeling. They better have a lot of good upgrades before the first race. So far they are awefully slow. Since last summer they were building on the new car and then you see these painfully slow times now. Urggghh.

  17. Keith, for your watermark have you considered something across the centre like what Darren Heath does with his photos? Just have the opacity at like 30% or so.

  18. mingmong said on 10th February 2011, 14:27

    Anyone know why Webber stopped?

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