• Mar 3rd 2011 at 8:31AM
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Pirelli 2011 Formula 1 Tire Display - Click above for high-res image gallery

To the uninitiated, the choice of tires in motor racing can look about as insignificant as what refreshments they're serving in the grandstands. But those in the know are all too aware of the enormous effect the right – or wrong – rubber can have on a race's outcome. So in the world of Formula One racing, the switch from Bridgestone to Pirelli as the official tire supplier is pretty big news.

The Italian rubber company is suitably proud of its selection, and to show off its wares, Pirelli brought a trio of contemporary grand prix racers – a Red Bull, a McLaren and a Ferrari, no less – to the Geneva Motor Show, wearing their new boots. These look to be last year's cars wearing this year's tires, but that's to be expected as the front-running teams in question frantically prepare their cars for the new season. Take a closer look in our high-res image gallery below.

Photos copyright ©2011 Drew Phillips / AOL

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      • 4 Years Ago
      The Ferrari is the 09 car with mixed livery from the 2010 and 2011 car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That red bull looks like this years car... Very unlikely though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why dont they curve the Pirelli Logo, it looks dumb!!!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I've been saying that for weeks,it actually ruins the look of the whole car. Bridgestone were much better look wise, all they have to do is bend the logo round.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't think it looks dumb, but, yeah, the logo not being curved to match the shape of the tire kinda bugs me, aesthetically... maybe they're trying something new.

        If one is not making mistakes, on is not learning.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i believe the..

      redbull car is last years
      mclaren is 09 - no fduct present
      ferrari is 09 as well - as you can see by the front wing and the nose is droopy.. but the livery is this years though
      • 4 Years Ago
      That Ferrari can't be an '09 spec car, the rear wing is far too wide and there's a bridge wing on the front wing... but It shames me to say I don't pay enough attention to Ferrari's intricate design features in F1 to be able to state if it's an '08 or '07 car

      • 4 Years Ago
      *Nooby question here*. Are these from the same racing season cars?