Jules Bianchi, Ferrari, Abu Dhabi, 2011

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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25 comments on “Young Drivers Test Day 1 in pictures”

  1. 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?

    1. 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.

    2. 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…

      1. 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.

    3. 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.

      1. “are speed” should be “air speed”.

      2. I read some italian article stating that Ferrari still have trouble getting their wind tunnel right. So it might have been measuring the airflow from the tyre/FW and next to the car to verify those with windtunnel findings.

        1. Or correlating their CFD.

    4. From the ever excellent Craig Scarborough:

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

    5. 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
    15th November 2011, 18:28

    Normal looking exhausts on the Williams I see…

    1. They do look a bit like a Bodge job though. But i guess it’s just seeing how the downforce works differently.

  3. No love for Sam Bird? :(

    1. Plus I was hoping to see the exhaust Mercedes were testing.

  4. No McLaren pics?

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

    1. @AUS_Steve I’ll have you as my wallpaper when you get your chance. ;)

  6. 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.

    1. Glad i’m not the only one who thinks it looks “bodged”

  8. Added some pictures of Rodolfo Gonzalez in the Lotus.

    1. I like his helmet design.

      1. I wonder why it’s only GP2 drivers (=no F1 drivers) that use Stilo helmets (Leimer, Gonzalez, Valsecchi)?

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

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