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April 20, 2021

F1: New cars of the 2011 season unveiled in Valencia

The 2011 Formula One season began in earnest on Tuesday morning as the year’s first official test got underway at the Valencia circuit in Spain, formula1.com informs. Many teams – including reigning world champions Red Bull – are debuting their new cars at the three-day session, the first of four tests before next month’s season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix.

The Adrian Newey-designed RB7 is the car with which Germany’s Sebastian Vettel will defend his drivers’ title, lining up alongside Australian team mate Mark Webber for the third year in a row. “Preparing for the new season has been an interesting challenge for all of us,” said Newey. “There have been a number of changes to the regulations and while they are not as comprehensive as the changes for 2009, the major differences – such as the re-introduction of the KERS system and the arrival of a moveable rear wing to aid overtaking – have meant that RB7 is quite different to last year’s car. Williams are using Tuesday’s test to debut an interim version of their new FW33, which will be running in a temporary blue livery. Rubens Barrichello will be first up in the Cosworth-powered machine, with new team mate Pastor Maldonado due to take over from Wednesday afternoon.

Mercedes have revealed a radically different car to their previous in the Valencia pitlane on Tuesday morning. The W02 features a much more aggressive front-nose, similar to that of Red Bull’s title winning car and what looks to be a trend up and down the grid.

Record world champion Mi­cha­el Schumacher expects to have a much better Mercedes for this year’s Formula One season but doesn’t see himself as a title conten­der. “I don’t think we are there yet,” Schumacher told Monday’s edition of German paper Bild. “At Mer­cedes we know quite well where we stand. However, we don’t know where the others stand. I have a very good feeling. In 2010 I realized pretty soon after winter testing that I won’t be able to challenge many drivers. Now I hope to have a car to drive at the top,” he said.

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