Jerez test day 4 in pictures

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The final day of testing is underway at Jerez with Bruno Senna doing his first run in the Renault.

Here are pictures from today’s test.

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107 comments on Jerez test day 4 in pictures

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  1. Prof Kirk (@prof-kirk) said on 13th February 2011, 8:27

    What camera are you using for these test days and what-not Keith?

  2. Darren said on 13th February 2011, 8:45

    Ok Keith, I’m hearing drivers are saying that the usual suspects are looking strongest ( McLaren, RBR and Ferrari). In your opinion coz you are there too, who’s looking best over long runs and who’s looking the best of the rest?

  3. Haarp said on 13th February 2011, 8:50

    Could you please provide us with the lap times of Bruno Senna as of now? Thanks!

  4. Funkyf1 said on 13th February 2011, 8:57

    I’m bot sure whether or not it’s the paint, but that front wing on the RedBull looks huge. I’m sure Newey has a reason for that :)

  5. SeattleChris said on 13th February 2011, 9:27

    Anyone else noticing the large rubber pad on the nose of the McLaren?

    • Mike (@mike) said on 13th February 2011, 9:37

      Yeah… You are right… I can only imagine it’s a device to measure airflow, They do seem to have all the other bits attached to the car so that seems to make sense.

      • Or alter it….?

      • BasCB (@bascb) said on 13th February 2011, 10:30

        But it looks quite advanced and polished with the logo on it and nice rounded edges to be just some sensors (those are just taped on).

        Maybe Keith can ask McLaren about it?

        • AdamF184 said on 13th February 2011, 10:45

          Lol its a shadow!! Look how it curves down the side of the front of the nose. Its the big media centre bridge that runs over the track.

          • Nah. Look closer.

          • BasCB (@bascb) said on 13th February 2011, 11:17

            That would be the first 3D shadow featuring a Mercedes star logo on it. Have a close look and you’ll see.

          • SeattleChris said on 13th February 2011, 11:18

            Look again full screen and expanded; it is definitely not a shadow, unless those have matter and mass now.

          • AdamF184 said on 13th February 2011, 11:27

            Err no really you look closer. Its not remotely 3d. Look at the tip of the nose, its is uneven where the light from the edge of the bridge is hitting the car.

            Why would their pointless rubber nose mat be fitted unevenly, he he. Its also not on any other mclaren picture from today and not something any team would have any reason to slap on the front of their car.

            Its the shadow from this: http://tinyurl.com/6bjka9d
            End of!

          • xtophe (@xtophe) said on 13th February 2011, 11:31

            If it was a shadow, there would still be a visual effect of the chrome. Also, looking at the shadows on the ground, it would be far less pronounced and far less local.

          • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 13th February 2011, 11:38

            It’s not a shadow – the sun wasn’t high enough, the light wasn’t strong enough and the bridge wasn’t close enough.

          • AdamF184 said on 13th February 2011, 11:40

            Seriously I cant believe this, testing makes people go mad!

            If it was a shadow, there would still be a visual effect of the chrome.

            Exactly why you can still see the 3 pointed star and the 2 silver curves at 4 and 8oclock below the merc badge. where the bridge stretches across and down the sides of the nose unevenly in a 100% non 3d fashion.

            Also, looking at the shadows on the ground, it would be far less pronounced and far less local.

            Do you think a black shadow will be more pronounced on a highly reflective chrome nose or dull grey tarmac!?! The reflection is not on the front wing as the wing angles mean the sky from in front of the bridge is being reflected.

          • Hamish said on 13th February 2011, 11:54

            Give up Adam. As Keith said (who is there) the bridge in question was not close enough.

            Plus I think its blatantly obvious anyway that its not a shadow.

          • Mike-e said on 13th February 2011, 12:41

            It’s hard to tell whether there is something on the car or if its just a reflection of something above. It’s not a “shadow” tho.

          • xtophe (@xtophe) said on 13th February 2011, 12:41

            Tell me where the 1 is of the Mobil 1 logo? The nose has a slightly downward slope, so it should be equally visible as the mercedes logo. It’s not visible, because whatever is on the nose is higher than the actual nose and thus blocking the sight of the 1.

            http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/butt_mcla_jere_2011_22.jpg / http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/butt_alon_jere_2011.jpg

      • R u guys r nuts, its not rubber pad or any other device to measure airflow. Rather it is colored dye that helps to identify the pattern or aerodynamics effects of wings or other things………. it is so simple.. how could anyone miss that……..

    • Sush Meerkat said on 13th February 2011, 12:28

      Anyone else noticing the large rubber pad on the nose of the McLaren?

      Thats McLaren’s innovative exhaust system, it blows hot air over the drivers faces to make them think their on a beach in the Seychelles.

  6. Hare (@hare) said on 13th February 2011, 9:46

    Senna’s gotta beat 1.20.361… And probably by a fair margin to impress and make it worth risking the lack of experience he has.

    • Glorstensen (@glorstensen) said on 13th February 2011, 10:19

      Boullier has already said that he won’t be driving and now he’s just doing km’s…

      • Maciek (@maciek) said on 13th February 2011, 10:46

        Where did you get that?

        • Glorstensen (@glorstensen) said on 13th February 2011, 11:02

          He said that in the interview for the polish site f1.pl site as well it has been published by other media – Autosport

          -Renault team boss Eric Boullier has already ruled Bruno out of being in contention for the drive, because he doesn’t meet the team’s requirement of being an experienced driver. He’s giving the Brazilian some time in the car to help him build his experience…

          • That makes sense to me. I’d love to see Senna in a decent car and on the grid this year, but not even I would make that call if I was Eric Boullier.

            They just can’t have two inexperienced drivers on the grid.

            I’d have picked Kubica and Senna though in the first place. ;-)

          • US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 13th February 2011, 22:45

            If he is serious about giving Senna experience, the decent thing would be to give him some FP1 sessions alternating between cars like Force India did for HĂĽlkenberg. I wish more teams would adopt this attitude for their 3rd drivers. With no testing it’s the best way of evaluating drivers and giving them mileage behind the wheel.

  7. Hare (@hare) said on 13th February 2011, 9:50

    Looking at that Ferrari/McLaren picture, I can’t help feeling there’s a bit of ‘ours are bigger than yours’ going on,,,,,

  8. GeeMac (@geemac) said on 13th February 2011, 9:55

    I don’t want to buy into any of this Lotus Renault GP v Team Lotus marketing/one-upmanship garbage, but it really is pretty awesome to see “that” yellow helmet in a black and gold F1 car again.

  9. Hare (@hare) said on 13th February 2011, 9:58

    Is it the angle or are McLaren running a front wing with a different top inboard winglet size on the left to the right? The one on the left seems shorter, with a gap to the inner top winglet. The right seems longer, and connects with the top winglet. Seems to me the camera angle would effect the reverse if the winglets were staggered back of the inner top winglet…

    … Make sense?

  10. the-muffin-man said on 13th February 2011, 10:04

    I’m not 100% sure of the safety of these forward facing exhausts.

    What happens when an engine blows? At the least I would have thought the driver would get a faceful of exhaust gases (which can’t be healthy!) and at the worst a plume of flames around the cockpit.

    • matt90 said on 14th February 2011, 1:03

      I thinks it’d be fine, unless the car was stationary. Without refuelling though I reckon it’s unlikely any flame would come from the exhaust while stationary.

  11. He is already faster than Petrov was with 2 days of testing

    • bosyber (@bosyber) said on 13th February 2011, 10:26

      But without knowing anything about their respective programs, and knowing how much the track has “rubbered-in” that might not say all that much.

      That said, Autosport live noted a quote from Renault (Bouiller) noting that Senna wasn’t going to get the drive for lack of experience, but that it would be good to give him some experience in the car “for the longer term”. So I suppose that it could well be about giving Petrov some competition.

      Anyway, good for Senna to get some time in a faster F1 car again.

  12. Funkyf1 said on 13th February 2011, 10:31

    FASTEST TIMES
    1 Barrichello Williams 1m19.832s
    2 Alonso Ferrari 1m21.074s
    3 Buemi Toro Rosso 1m21.682s
    4 Senna Renault 1m21.990s
    5 Kobayashi Sauber 1m22.207s
    6 Vettel Red Bull 1m22.222s
    7 Rosberg Mercedes 1m22.773s
    8 D’Ambrosio Virgin 1m22.985s
    9 Di Resta Force India 1m23.444s
    10 Button McLaren 1m23.602s
    11 Kovalainen Lotus 1m24.023s
    All timing unofficial. Updated: 10:27 GMT

    • kowalsky said on 13th February 2011, 12:32

      awsome time by barrichello!!!! Where that time came from. Is it a sign that, that rear of the car invention, it’s the tecnical eureka moment of the year?

  13. Jack_Burton said on 13th February 2011, 10:35

    That Force India looks like tank.

  14. GeeMac (@geemac) said on 13th February 2011, 10:46

    It seems like Alonso’s helmet has a little picture of a helmet on it (see the image on Autosport’s live timing page, link in fordsrule’s post above).

    Does anyone know what it is?

  15. Alonso – 1:20.4

    Ferrari, RBR, have got a 1:19 in them and maybe Mclaren and Renault but will we see it in the actual times?

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