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F1 2011 Pre-Season Thread

Discussion in 'Formula 1' started by Magnificent, Nov 15, 2010.

  1. Welcome all to the Formula 1 2011 Pre-Season Thread.
    Here is the place to find out when the next tests are, who's driving for what team and to discuss the up and coming 2011 season.

    Here is the information you'll be needing to know for next season, don't worry I'll be updating this on a regular basis. ;)

    Rule Changes
    • 2011 will see the return of the 107% rule in qualifying. This means that any driver that sets a time outside 107% of the fastest lap in Q1 will not be allowed to race.
    • The FIA have increased the maximum allowable penalty from $100,000 to $250,000. This means that racing stewards can issue to up to a $250,000 penalty to teams that fail to follow the rules.
    • Team orders will no longer be banned.
    Tyre Supplier Changes
    • Pirelli will supply the tyres to all teams after Bridgestone announced that it would not renew its contract with Formula One at the end of the 2010 season.
    Technical Changes
    • The maximum height of the diffuser will be cut from 175 millimetres (6.9 in) to 125 millimetres (4.9 in), reducing aerodynamic downforce.
    • Double Diffuser designs will be abolished.
    • KERS will be re-introduced though the system will not be mandatory.
    • In order to compensate for the increase in weight brought about by KERS, the minimum weight of the car will increase from 620 kilograms to 640 kilograms.
    • FOTA have agreed to ban the F-duct system.
    • An adjustable rear wing system will be introduced in order to aid overtaking.
    • The number of wheel tethers – the load-bearing cables connecting tyres to the bodywork – will be doubled for 2011.
    F1 2011 Calendar

    The F1 2011 Calendar will contain 20 races with the addition of the Indian Grand Prix.

    March 13 Bahrain Grand Prix Sakhir
    March 27 Australian Grand Prix Melbourne
    April 10 Malaysian Grand Prix Sepang
    April 17 Chinese Grand Prix Shanghai
    May 8 Turkish Grand Prix Istanbul
    May 22 Spanish Grand Prix Barcelona
    May 29 Monaco Grand Prix Monte Carlo
    June 12 Canadian Grand Prix Montreal
    June 26 European Grand Prix Valencia
    July 10 British Grand Prix Silverstone
    July 24 German Grand Prix Nürburgring
    July 31 Hungarian Grand Prix Hungaroring
    August 28 Belgian Grand Prix Spa-Francorchamps
    September 11 Italian Grand Prix Monza
    September 25 Singapore Grand Prix Marina Bay
    October 9 Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka
    October 16 Korean Grand Prix Yeongam
    October 30 Indian Grand Prix New Delhi
    November 13 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Yas Marina
    November 27 Brazilian Grand Prix Interlagos
    • The Bahrian Grand Prix will revert to its original layout as the new one receved a lot of negative reception.
    • The Turkish Grand Prix will be moved forward ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix.
    • The European Grand Prix will be moved forward.
    • The Brazilian Grand Prix will be the final race of the season as in 2008.
    Team and Driver Lineups

    Red Bull Racing-Renault
    Race Drivers;
    1. Sebastian Vettel
    2. Mark Webber
    Test Drivers

    Race Drivers;
    3. Lewis Hamilton
    4 Jenson Button
    Test Drivers;
    Gary Paffett

    Scuderia Ferrari
    Race Drivers;
    5. Fernando Alonso
    6. Felipe Massa
    Test Drivers;
    Jules Bianchi
    Giancarlo Fisichella
    Marc Gené

    Mercedes Grand Prix
    Race Drivers;
    7. Nico Rosberg
    8. Michael Schumacher
    Test Drivers;

    Race Drivers;
    9. TBA
    10. Vitaly Petrov
    Test Drivers;
    Fairuz Fauzy
    Romain Grosjean
    Bruno Senna
    Jan Charouz
    Ho-Pin Tung

    Race Drivers;
    11. Rubens Barrichello
    12. Pastor Maldonado
    Test Drivers;
    Valltteri Bottas

    Force India F1 Team-Mercedes
    Race Drivers;
    14. Adrian Sutil
    15. Paul di Resta
    Test Drivers;
    Nico Hülkenberg

    Race Drivers;
    16. Kamui Kobayashi
    17. Sergio Perez
    Test Drivers;
    Esteban Gutierrez

    Scuderia Toro Rosso-Ferrari
    Race Drivers;
    18. Sebastien Buemi
    19. Jaime Alguersuari
    Test Drivers;
    Daniel Ricciardo

    Race Drivers;
    20. Heikki Kovalainen
    21. Jarno Trulli
    Test Drivers;
    Karun Chandhok

    HRT F1 Team-Cosworth
    Race Drivers;
    22. Narain Karthikeyan
    23. TBA
    Test Drivers;

    Marussia Virgin Racing-Cosworth
    Race Drivers;
    24. Timo Glock
    25. Jerome d'Ambrosio
    Test Drivers;
    Luiz Razia

    Important Dates
    • Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi 16th-17th November 2010 Young drivers’ test
    • Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi 19th-20th November 2010 Pirelli tyre test
    • Launch of Ferrari F150, Maranello 28th January 2011
    • Launch of Lotus TL11, Online 31st January 2011
    • Launch of Sauber C30, Valencia 31st January 2011
    • Launch of Renault R31, Valencia 31st January 2011
    • Launch of Red Bull RB7, Valencia 1st February 2011
    • Launch of Mercedes MGP W02, Valencia 1st February 2011
    • Launch of Williams FW33, Valencia 1st February 2011
    • Launch of Toro Rosso STR6, Valencia 1st February 2011
    • Testing at the Circuit de Valencia Ricardo Tormo, Spain 1st-3rd February 2011
    • Launch of McLaren MP4-26, Berlin 4th February 2011
    • Launch of Virgin MVR-02, London 7th February 2011
    • Launch of Force India VJM04, Jerez 10th February 2011
    • Testing at Jerez, Spain 10-13th February 2011
    • Testing at Circuit de Catalunya, Spain 18th-21st February 2011
    • Testing at Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain 3rd-6th March 2011
    Red means finished.
    Green means in progress.

    Latest Test
    The current test is being held at the Jerez Circuit. All the teams, apart from HRT, will be present for at least one day running their 2011 cars. HRT will be testing at Monza instead.

    Pictures and Testing Results (click to enlarge)
    Young Driver Test Day 1 results;

    Young Driver Test Day 2 results;

    Pirelli Tyre Test Day 1 results;

    Pirelli Tyre Test Day 2 results;

    Ferrari F150 Launch

    Lotus TL11 Launch

    Sauber C30 Launch

    Renault R31 Launch

    Red Bull RB7 Launch

    Mercedes W02 Launch

    Williams FW33 Launch (interim livery)

    Toro Rosso STR6 Launch

    Valencia Test - Day 1 Results;

    Valencia Test - Day 2 Results;

    Valencia Test - Day 3 Results;

    McLaren MP4-26 Launch

    Virgin MVR-02 Launch

    HRT F111 Launch

    Force India VJM04 Launch

    Jerez Test - Day 1 Results;

    Jerez Test - Day 2 Results;

    Thats all folks. Remeber if anything pops up and I haven't put it feel free to nag me. However also bear in mind that I am still at school but I will try to update this as often as I can.

    Thanks. :)
  2. Gary Paffett and Arabadzhiev are so young.

    Nice thread, covers most of the things of F1 2011.
  3. Pastor Maldonado is going to be at williams next year because williams has finacial difficulties
  4. go Josef get your F1 seat! :D
  5. nice thread, will point my seriously f1 addicted son to this :)

  6. Haha.
    Thanks :)

    Yes but there are also rumors that Williams will loan him to HRT if he doesn’t bring enough sponsors.

    Yes it’d be nice to see a Czech in F1.

    Thanks, please do. :)
    So what did you all think of today’s test, Ricciardo and Maldonado stood out for me.
  7. Ross Balfour

    Ross Balfour
    #99 | Roaring Pipes Maniacs

    Wow nice thread already!!

    Surprised at the guys testing - quite a few tail-runners in GP2 and some even further down than that, will be interesting to see how far off the pro's they are.
  8. Martin Bulgin

    Martin Bulgin

    Maldonado did ok in the HRT, he went a second faster than Sennas qualifying time and was faster than Jules Bianchi in a Ferrari, be interesting to see how he gets on in the Williams, Riccardio was only 3 tenths off Webbers qualifying time, must put pressure on Webber to keep his seat.
  9. F1 rookie test

    Daniel Ricciardo make a time was only a quarter of a second off Sebastian Vettel's pole position time for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
    Pastor Maldonado with HRT set a best time just under 1.3 seconds faster than Bruno Senna's qualifying lap.

    Last but not the least, Portugusese Formula 3 Euro Series driver Antonio Felix da Costa tested for Force India and he was the fastest F1 debutant, setting a time just 0.467 seconds off Adrian Sutil's qualifying time for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
    Keep this name in your mind.

    Time table:

  10. Go Ricciardo, I really like him. He was amazing on the British Formula 3 season on 2009 which I followed. :D
    I would not be surprised if he got a spot in any Formula 1 Team for 2011 because he is damn quick but needs a few more sponsors to back him up.

    Is this official because I read some where a few weeks ago that Toro Rosso might change there drivers.

    Scuderia Toro Rosso-Ferrari
    Race Drivers;
    18. Sebastien Buemi
    19. Jaime Alguersuari
    Test Drivers;
  11. Ross Balfour

    Ross Balfour
    #99 | Roaring Pipes Maniacs

    Wow, very impressive Daniel!

    Also impressed with Antonio and Esteban Gutierrez, but the guy in last, 9.8 seconds off? Hmm I wonder how much the sponsors are paying him to race.

    Thought Jules could of done better, maybe he had some issue but he was absolutely mind-blowing in the F3 Euroseries 2 years ago.
  12. Yeah Ricciardo has been very impressive and to be honest now Vettel is champ Webber probably won't be expecting equal treatment which could lead to Daniel getting a seat. Maldonado and da Costa looked impressive as well. di Resta and Bianchi were slightly dissapointing and I personally think Bianchi is very overrated.

    As far as I know STR confermed their drivers a while back now and both have contracts for 2011. Could you perhaps post a link showing where you read this?
  13. Martin Bulgin

    Martin Bulgin

    Hmm Rio Haryanto ? Nationality INA ? never heard of him but if he has buckets of money maybe HRT sign him:wink: maybe he had some bags of cement in the back of his car.
  14. allright, I will try to find that website because it was quite hard to find it.
  15. James Chant

    James Chant

    So nobody can race? surely you mean outside the 107% cannot race! :p
  16. Lol it's fixed now. =P
    Thanks for that mate, that should teach me to proof read. ;)
  17. That guy is a true talent in fact, racing for Manor in GP3 last year and getting 5th overall IIRC. He comes from Indonesia and he's only 17 AFAIK, and was in Formula BMW no longer than 12 months ago, so it's a bit harsh to expect him to be straight away in the pace.

    Anyway, I'm a bit disappointed that people like Arabaziev or Gonzalez made it while well recognised GP2 talents like Clos or Vietoris couldn't find a drive.

    In other news Karun Chandhock said on his Twitter that rubber from GP week-end should make the track 1,1-1,4 second faster than how it was in quali on Saturday, so hard to make comparaisons with times from last week-end.
  18. Good job from Jermome d'Amborsio
    He was faster than the qualy time of glock in the Virgin

    Abu Dhab Q: Time Glock 1:44.095
    Abu Dhabi Young test: D'Ambrosio: 1:43.518

    Go Jerome, take the virgin seat for 2011, he is the best option, not a rich boy :)
  19. No way, remember that this drivers are driving during the day where the temps are much higher then during qualify so there is time can could be lost during qualify.
  20. Martin Maaskant

    Martin Maaskant

    And I think the setup will be different from what the contracted drivers use. I can imagine that you don't want to let a rookie drive a F1 car which is on a non forgiving setup with the risk that he wrecks the car.