2011 Japanese Grand Prix practice in pictures

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Pictures from Friday’s practice sessions for the Japanese Grand Prix.

Jenson Button is another driver wearing a special helmet this weekend.

He explained the change in the design: “My crash helmet for this weekend features the Japanese flag and the words ‘JB’ and ‘Jenson’ in Japanese on the sides and the back.

“It?s similar to the helmet I wore in Monaco, and I?ll be auctioning it off after the race to raise money for the people who?ve been affected by the earthquakes and tsunami here in Japan.”

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24 comments on 2011 Japanese Grand Prix practice in pictures

  1. GameR_K (@gamer_k) said on 7th October 2011, 11:14

    Who comes up with the idea of having a country’s flag on one’s boots?

    • probably the same manager who always says Hamilton’s driving is still perfect, without mistakes. A manager who congratulates him for losing his “number one” status by Jenson Button

    • Gold Leaf said on 7th October 2011, 18:42

      no, probably the type of guy that clearly understands that flags are simply logos, nothing more, and that like all logos can be re-purposed as required and desired, and that the symbology can be employed in many diverse applications.
      In this case, a striking graphic design, with the clear intent to try to help others who may be struggling after a disaster. Those shoes, with red circles printed, may help someone out … sneering and spite in an internet comment thread on the other hand, not so much.

      They are shoe leather, not flags, you can tell the difference, because flags go on flagpoles, and boots go on feet.

      • MagillaGorilla (@magillagorilla) said on 7th October 2011, 23:40

        Great comment Gold Leaf, I don’t understand some of the newer people that have joined the forum. However, it seems redundant to call out a driver on line like some internet tough guy. The shoes are to help out after the race, just like the same idea of the helmets from Kobiyashi and Luizzi. If you dislike Hamilton keep it to yourself, but those comments are uncalled for.

  2. HSVLVR (@hsvlvr) said on 7th October 2011, 11:20

    “Daniel Ricciardo, Force India” – hope not…

  3. ScuderiaVincero (@scuderiavincero) said on 7th October 2011, 13:25

    Can anyone here translate Jenson’s helmet for me? Sadly I can’t read Japanese :(

  4. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 7th October 2011, 13:54

    The Japanese language and colours of their flag really do lend themselves wonderfully to artistic creations.

  5. I really dont like Button’s helmet. It’s for a good cause but I just don’t like the design.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 7th October 2011, 15:08

      Same for me @daykind . Not that ist ugly, just its not much special. Kobayashi’s helmet is not really great either, especially when we compare with that great design Liuzzi has brought.

      But seeing all these helmets with a white and red motive, wouldn’t it be a nice idea for a special action if ALL drivers would use the same design, just with their names on top? And then sell them or put them in a museum for charity!

  6. Fixy (@fixy) said on 7th October 2011, 15:15

    Incredible the quantity of amazing pictures here!

  7. boundary layer (@boundary-layer) said on 7th October 2011, 15:31

    I might be seeing ghosts, but Vettel’s front wing looks to have been severed from the nose quite smoothly.

  8. weebbt said on 7th October 2011, 16:20

    can you put british flag on your shoes in britain?

  9. Enigma (@enigma) said on 7th October 2011, 17:56

    Those are the best pics in a long long time, awesome.

  10. John (@redvenom) said on 8th October 2011, 6:29

    Why i don’t see full size pictures?

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