F1 testing pictures: 11th February

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Robert Kubica heads for the pits in the Renault R30
Robert Kubica heads for the pits in the Renault R30

The second day of F1 testing is under way on a much drier track at Jerez. Here’s a selection of my pictures from the circuit.

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52 comments on “F1 testing pictures: 11th February”

  1. Excellent pictures!

    1. Great pics…keep ’em coming…

      1. No more pictures from the teams sites?

  2. Pics are always fabulous around here…..except sometimes for the comment with them. The last pic isn’t Schumi, it’s Webber RB6. Keep up the good work…..everybody loves it.

    1. Caption fixed – thanks!

  3. It’s amazing that the first car STR “built themselves” looks remarkably similar to the RB6…

    1. It is isn’t it… Rubbish.. Red bull totally designed that car!

  4. Great pictures Keith!
    Just out of curiosity, is the W01 as dull/ugly in the metal (or carbon fibre?) as they seem in all pictures, studio and otherwise, I’ve seen so far?
    I know looks aren’t everything but I think the Merc looks the worst of the lot.

    1. It catches the light quite attractively, and I do think the livery looks better on the W01 than it did on the BGP-001 they revealed it on. But I think on a dull day (like we had yesterday) it doesn’t look that great.

      However I think the combinations of Schumacher’s bright red helmet with the red camera mount, and Rosberg’s yellow-topped helmet with the yellow camera mount will look very good. In fact, quite reminiscent of the wing mirrors on their ’80s and ’90s sportscars (pics of those here: http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2009/11/23/michael-schumacher-the-mercedes-years/).

      1. And the early Saubers…

    2. I agree it’s not great – though I don’t know about worst. Actually I think it would look a lot betternif the black of the nose tip didn’t extend backwards along the sides in that not-very-successful spray paint motif.

      1. Thanks Keith! I guess as it’s silver the W01 will look great in places like Singapore and Abu Dhabi. Also good point about the helmets and camera mounts matching.
        Yeah Maciek, that graffiti spray paint effect doesn’t do it any good IMO, plus the bent/broken nose. But like I said, it’s just appearances… :)

    3. When the car is moving against a tarmac background it just looks like a Petronas logo chasing a flying helmet.

      Pretty disappointed.

  5. The Comedian 39
    11th February 2010, 10:18

    Does anyone reckon we’ll see any sponsors on the Renault car before Bahrain? 31 days to go :)

  6. Has anyone else noticed the little “See you in Bahrain” motif on the Sauber “Shark Fin”?

  7. Does anyone else think that the Virgin VR-01 looks like woody the woodpecker? I love that sharp nose and the livery is quite nice. But does anyone know if they have a more complicated front wing coming or that they’ll start with that fairly simple looking one? (by comparison)

    1. more complicated front wing?
      I’d settle for one that didn’t fall off!

      just kidding Richard B

  8. Anyone know whos fastest at the moment?

    1. 1. S.Buemi STR5 – 1:20.504
      2. J.Button MP4-25 – 1:21.528 +1.024
      3. M.Schumacher W01 – 1:22.344 +1.840

        1. Cheers bud, thats crakin!

      1. Thanks man. Do u knw What the best website to folow the test sesion via mobile phone would be?

  9. Seems Woody the Woodpecker is falling apart.

  10. Did they build an artificial chicane or what can we see on the picture showing Robert?

    1. No that corner has two configurations – a plain right-hand bend or a right-left-right chicane called the Senna S. The F1 cars use the chicane, but Kubica cut it and used the corner on his in-lap. Schumacher did too at least once.

  11. Is it me or does the Virgin look quite “indy car” like?

    1. Thats the first thing that came to my mind when I saw it!

    2. Thats the first thing that came to mind when I saw it!

  12. Some of those picture look as if you are ontop of the car, do you have a media pass or is it just a characteristic of the track?

    Also why is there cones on the track? Is it to stop the cars going to quick and if so, what part of the track are they on?

  13. Fantastic pics Keith! Have a blast in Jerez!

  14. Great photos!

    1. lol :D

  15. is kubica wearing a different helmet? i thought he was using a yellow one this year.

  16. he used the yellow helmet 1st day in valencia but 2nd day he used the black helmet like today

    1. Yellow version was probably just occasional, made expressly for the new car presentation. Now Robert is testing a new Bell helmet, which is said to be lighter than previously used Arai. It is black simply because it is unpainted. I think in the season Kubica will use his traditional colours, that he has been using during starts in rallies this winter:


  17. @ BliNnk

    Robert basically is testing helmets of two different producers. I do not know which one (yellow or black) but one is said to be much lighter than the other.

  18. Ive done a quick comaprison of the nose areas with some of the pics you have taken Keith:


    I am interested in the ‘cutoff’ nature of the V-nose on the red bull as nobody else has this at the moment. It looks to me as if the air flowing over the nose at the edges will be put to better use by having it flow over and outwards then down each side of the nose towards the sidepod openings? Something the others may copy perhaps?

    I have no aerodynamic knowledge so I could be wrong :)

    1. Nice comparisons Invoke, I agree this could be beneficial in directing the air as you say. One thing I keep wondering, with the new trend of higher nose cones for better airflow to the diffuser, it must be a weird body position for the drivers compared to previous years as their legs and feet will be higher up. I wonder if we can find out from one of the drivers in the high-nosed cars (Keith maybe)?

      Also, your image looks like it could be of different Japanese bullet trains! :)

  19. Hi Keith,

    Great pics so far. Any chance you could take 30 seconds and just detail for us camera fanatics what gear you are using for your shots, and any special settings etc

    Have you thought about recruiting readers for on-the-ground reporting / photgraphing from this year’s races? AFAIK because it’s editorial it still counts as “non-commercial use” :D

  20. Any observations, while taking these great pictures, on which cars look to have the most grip out of slow corners, are getting on the power quickest and so on?

    De la Rosa had some positive words about his Sauber in slow corners yesterday.

  21. I cropped and stuck together some of your pictures Keith, hope you don’t mind, pretty interesting viewing:


  22. http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/IMG_1935.jpg

    The top part of the top intake is partially filled in. Oil and such getting too cold?

    1. interesting…

      The red on the shark fin also looks a bit crazy in that shot with how it integrates into the rear wring.

  23. the redbull and toro rosso are exactly the samee!

  24. Those are really great pictures ! Just a question Keith : can we use some of those pictures (with copyright and/or link ?) ? Thanx.

  25. This season is without a doubt the most exciting season for F1 in a very long time!

  26. Anyone know if there will be a sponsor replacing santander on the back of the rear wing of the McLaren?

    it’s just red at the moment.

    1. It does look a bit bare doesn’t it? they should just add another vodafone logo to make it less bare.. of even their own logo for once…

  27. Great pics guys! keep the good stuff coming!

  28. Thanks to all the photographers…

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