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Bianchi to be new Ferrari test driver

GP2 Series frontrunner Jules Bianchi will become Ferrari's official test driver ahead of the 2011 F1 season.

Ferrari has revealed that it will promote Jules Bianchi to a full-time test driver role for the 2011 season, having already announced that the Frenchman will take part in next week's 'young drivers' test in Abu Dhabi.

Bianchi, who will continue as part of the Ferrari Driver Academy Programme, will make his debut in his new position this coming Tuesday [16 November] as part of the first off-season test at the Yas Marina circuit, but will progress from there to replace veteran Giancarlo Fisichella as the Scuderia's official development driver. Fisichella took on the role for 2010 after moving across to Ferrari, as replacement for the injured Felipe Massa, for the final five races of 2009. Prior to his arrival, Luca Badoer had held the post long-term.

Bianchi graduated to the GP2 Series this season, having claimed the 2009 F3 Euroseries crown with ART, but was unable to repeat the feat of winning in his first season achieved by both Lewis Hamilton and Nico Hulkenberg after being derailed by a back injury sustained in Hungary. Ferrari had already added him to its development squad at the start of the year, and the Frenchman will continue as a senior member of that line-up, despite the recent addition of Sauber F1 graduate Sergio Perez.

The Scuderia's commitment to young drivers is also reflected via confirmation that the third day of testing dedicated to the top three finishers in the Italian F3 Championship. Brazil's Cesar Ramos, Stephane Richelmi from Monaco and Italian Andrea Caldarelli will get behind the wheel of an F2008 at Vallelunga on 2 December.



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19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR03
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR03
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Susie Wolff (GBR) Williams Development Driver  and Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Susie Wolff (GBR) Williams Development Driver  and Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR03
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07 leads Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T

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