Young Drivers Test Day 1 in pictures

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A collection of mostly unfamiliar helmets in familiar cars as the first day of young driver testing began at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi.

Ferrari ran a large airflow measuring device on their car for some laps, driven by Jules Bianchi.

Here’s a collection of pictures from today’s test session.

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Images ?? Ferrari spa/Ercole Colombo, Renault/LAT, Williams/LAT, Getty Images/Red Bull, Force India/Sutton, Sauber F1 Team, Motioncompany

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25 comments on Young Drivers Test Day 1 in pictures

  1. David B (@davidb1970) said on 15th November 2011, 17:21

    Could somebody please explain what all the extra parts on the Ferrari are for?
    They are not testing an anti-hamilton collision cage for massa are they?

    • naz3012 (@naz3012) said on 15th November 2011, 17:27

      must have been driving too close to the pitwall and accidently snared the pit-board :D
      on a serious note, but not speaking from knowledge or any real know-how; i’m pretty sure its an aero-testing device, it will probably have all sorts of sensors plastered all over it to measure air flow over the front wheel or something.

    • MattB (@mattb) said on 15th November 2011, 18:24

      The bit on the top is for the electricity. Like on the dodgems. Yeah. Unfortunately, one of the pit wall mechanics left the pit board on the front wing and noone noticed…

      • David B (@davidb1970) said on 15th November 2011, 23:43

        Dodgems is a good term for how some drivers have treat their cars this season. Good to see pictures like this as it is something we don’t often see.

    • Lord Stig (@lord-stig) said on 15th November 2011, 18:40

      It is a bit difficult to see but they look like they are a grid of pitot tubes, which as others have guessed measure are speed. The point of this is to see how the airflow flows from the front of the car and onto the sidepod.

    • nefor (@nefor) said on 16th November 2011, 1:14

      From the ever excellent Craig Scarborough:

      Ferrari are running an aero rake, of pressure sensors to map the front tyre wake

    • brny666 said on 16th November 2011, 1:57

      Oh don’t be silly! That part is clearly being tested for next year as a means to keep a safe distance between Massa and Hamilton

  2. Richard F150 - I am not a truck said on 15th November 2011, 18:28

    Normal looking exhausts on the Williams I see…

  3. buzinator (@buzinator) said on 15th November 2011, 21:00

    No love for Sam Bird? :(

  4. Becken Lima (@becken-lima) said on 15th November 2011, 21:33

    No McLaren pics?

  5. love the young drivers test.. it’s like christmas for them!

  6. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 16th November 2011, 9:28

    Added a few more pictures of Stefano Coletti in the Toro Rosso.

  7. I like the bodge job Williams have had to make with the PDVSA sponsorship decal on the engine cover. As they white space it usually occupies it taken up with 2012 spec exhaust, they’ve had to move it up so it straddles the blue. Looks very messy.

  8. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 16th November 2011, 11:56

    Added some pictures of Rodolfo Gonzalez in the Lotus.

  9. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 16th November 2011, 13:40

    Max Chilton’s helmut was made for that Force India.

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