Jerome D'Ambrosio, Virgin, Abu Dhabi, 2010

Picture gallery: 2011 young drivers test day one

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The F1 cars were back in action at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi today with the first of two days of testing for young drivers.

Among the unfamiliar names at the wheel were Russia’s Mikhail Aleshin at Renault, Antonio Felix da Costa of Portugal at Force India and Mexican Esteban Gutierrez at Sauber.

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

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36 comments on “Picture gallery: 2011 young drivers test day one”

  1. It would be great to see Jules given Massa’s car in a couple of years and give Alonso a run for his money, 07 style.

    1. Bianchi is the most overrated GP2 driver…

      1. Totally agree Jane. Not seen him do anything that made me think, he’d be a good driver. Then again neither did Kobayashi…

        1. Err he’s a ridiculous 21, he’s already got the Formula Three Euroseries, the French Formula Renault 2.0 and has come third in his first year of GP2.

          Hows that for underacheivement.

          1. Ferrari loves him i dont know if ferrari are already testing performance but the car looks up to date clearly visible on the front wing

          2. he also runned multiple noses and no f-duct so clearly ferrari is spoiling his protege cause i doubt that bianchi is fast enough too be a good tester

  2. is there any offical timing for the test?

  3. Bianchi has changed helmet design. I prefer it now.

    1. Last year he wasn’t using a helmet with Ferrari sponsors, but plain, and this year he’s using a Schuberth with complete sponsors.

  4. McLarenFanJamm
    16th November 2010, 13:50

    Keith, who do you use to get these pictures?

    1. McLarenFanJamm
      16th November 2010, 13:51

      Also, is it just me, or do some of the pictures of Di Resta show him running worn intermediates?

      1. Don’t they use worn intermediates for practice starts?

  5. No pictures from Maldonado or Gonzalez?

    1. More pictures will be added shortly.

    1. A tyre temperature sensor.

  6. @Fixy im pretty sure thats like a 1080p High Defenition camera…also Bianchi’s helmet wow that thing is a beauty!!

    1. Gold? Ewww, tacky mess, like Ferrari’s F-Duct.

      1. Last year’s was gold like Gutierrez, which I don’t like, but this year’s is incredible!

        1. I really like Gutierrez’ helmet. Bianchi’s not so much, it reminds me of the San Francisco ’49ers.

    2. Is it just me or are all of the helmets here awesome?

      1. There’s some real crackers. Gutierrez’s is fantastic. Hope he keeps it the way it is.

        1. Just a small detail Keith i´m portuguese and its António Felix da Costa you missed the “L”

          1. on the picture section of course

  7. Esteban Gutierrez is even cuter than Vettle used to be. An talented enough to make up for the fact Sergio Perez is getting his seat.

  8. Whee!! New helmet designs!!

  9. i jus noticed this big A** antenna on Bianchi’s Ferrari…I wonder whats the point of that there

    1. McLarenFanJamm
      16th November 2010, 17:02

      it’s some form of aero device. monitors air flow around the top of the car

  10. Ok, all the red bull drivers having similar helmets is getting annoying now.

    1. Well, all have the Red Bull chequers, and that’s the main part of the design. Plus red, blue, yellow and silver.

  11. What was the purpose of the Williams’ test?

  12. Are there some pictures from Belgium driver Jérôme D´Ambrosio ??

  13. what this testing tells everyone about f1 is that success is not dependent on the driver as much as it is on the car. i have heard time and time again about how great certain drivers are(senna, prost, mansell, schumacher, alonso and now vettel) and who would be winning if…..bottom line, if you put anyone in a rb6, they would be winning races. do we all really believe that mark webber is better than lewis hamilton? do we really believe that jenson button is that good or is it just that the brawn gp car was? was schumacher great, or was the ferrari f200x just a great series of cars?

    1. Agreed Button’s title was a fluke and almost lost it all at the end. In F1 the car is kinda important though. Good drivers develop good cars and make them better. Schumacher made the f200x series a world beater. Alonso developed a Renault that won him 2 titles. Plop Hamilton in a RB6 , and sure he’ll win.

      1. great, glad you agree. I have been a big fan of the sport for a long time, but I have seen in the last several seasons that the car, developed by good drivers, can make even the average or also ran driver look really good. what always amazes me more, is when someone takes a car like a toro rosso and win with it.

  14. I was a little disappointed when I heard Hulkenberg was leaving Williams, but I hope Ricciardo is his replacement. Then, when Webber retires, he can go to Red Bull! I like him already.

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