Pictures: 2016 F1 testing day eleven at Silverstone

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Day eleven of testing in 2016 at Silverstone sees Red Bull running the Halo prototype and Santino Ferrucci and Nikita Mazepin making their F1 debuts.

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18 comments on “Pictures: 2016 F1 testing day eleven at Silverstone”

  1. Need a picture of the fatty tyres. I think the ones so far on the old Merc are current year tyres as a baseline for their study. Anything yet from a fat set?

  2. Are they running the W05 just to test tyres?

    1. When was the last time in f1 two different chassis run in a official session for one team at the same time?

    2. I heard it was because Wehrlein doesn’t count as a young driver and so has to run a 2 year old chassis.

      1. SaturnVF1 (@doublestuffpenguin)
        12th July 2016, 15:52

        I heard that reported too, but Merc is running Ocon as their young driver and are using the older car to do ’17 tyre testing for Pirelli so they can’t gain an advantage using the current car.

  3. Why is Wehrlein running the number 23?

    1. Every team has a range of numbers available to them to assign to young/test drivers. Wehrlein is also on the books at Merc as a reserve driver and has been assigned number 23. He ran it earlier this year as well.

      That doesn’t mean it’s mandatory though, I remember Jules Bianchi running number 17 when testing for Ferrari in 2014. So I guess it’s up to the team to select the number they want to run with.

      1. Thanks!
        If they put a number on there, it should be his number.

  4. The Halo should be coloured based on the driver, like their helmets!!! it will make it easy to tell who we are looking at.

    1. SaturnVF1 (@doublestuffpenguin)
      12th July 2016, 16:04

      Seconded! Make visual use of it. Though I’m sure teams will want to cover it in sponsor logos.

  5. petebaldwin (@)
    12th July 2016, 16:02

    Shame to see the Y-Fronts look just as bad on other cars. Hopefully it’s still an early version to test visibility.

  6. I don’t understand the halo hate. It just looks like a functional component of the car, it doesn’t to my eyes ruin the form or detract from the fact the cockpit is still open. As a component it’s no less aesthetic than a suspension arm.

    I’m a big fan of form following function, I even found the phallic noses interesting because they were a solution to two problems. Truth is beauty.

    1. I want to say that I agree with you.

      1. You watch them switch back to an open cockpit traditional style in 2018 because ratings will drop even further. A vacuum cleaner sound and a Y ring in front of an F1 driver……sad

        1. I just actually came up with a great idea after that Grimm comment of mine…..make the halos a see through clear instead of black.

  7. Why not call the cockpit protection device a flip-flop? It would be more semantically correct

  8. Pretty cool to see the contrasts between the W05 and the W07.

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