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Bianchi stay quickest at Magny-Cours

Jules Bianchi quickest again on day two of Young Driver Test - albeit with a different team
Jules Bianchi remained quickest after setting the pace on day two of the Young Driver Test – albeit with a different team compared to the opening day of the three-day session.

Having driven for Ferrari on Tuesday, the Frenchman switched to Force India for the second day to continue the work started by Luiz Razia yesterday.

A busy day saw Bianchi, who had driven for Force India in Friday practice at a number of events this season, completed 117 laps at the wheel of the VJM05 and lapped more than 1.5secs quicker than he had done at the wheel of the Ferrari a day earlier.

Indeed, all three drivers in action were able to lap below Tuesday's benchmark time.

Sam Bird was second quickest for Mercedes, just over a second off Bianchi's time as he continued development work for Mercedes on the new exhaust layout that appeared on the W03 yesterday. Bird also spent time speaking with seven-time champion Michael Schumacher, who was an interested spectator in the garage as he kept a close eye on the work being carried out by the team.

With Bianchi in the Force India for the day, Ferrari drafted in Davide Rigon for his first true F1 test. The Italian was the busiest man on track on what was his first outing in a single-seater since being injured in a GP2 accident in Istanbul last year.

The test concludes tomorrow, with Bianchi back with Ferrari, Brendon Hartley in action for Mercedes and Rodolfo Gonzalez driving for Force India.

Magny-Cours test times – Day 2, 12 September:

1. Jules Bianchi France Force India-Mercedes 1min 16.467secs 117 laps
2. Sam Bird Britain Mercedes-Mercedes 1min 17.482secs 125 laps
3. Davide Rigon Italy Ferrari-Ferrari 1min 17.925secs 163 laps

All times unofficial



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Jules Bianchi (FRA), Sahara Force India Formula One Team  12.09.2012. Formula One Young Drivers Test, Day 2, Magny-Cours, France.
Jules Bianchi (FRA), Sahara Force India Formula One Team  12.09.2012. Formula One Young Drivers Test, Day 2, Magny-Cours, France.
Jules Bianchi (FRA), Sahara Force India Formula One Team  12.09.2012. Formula One Young Drivers Test, Day 2, Magny-Cours, France.
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sodesu - Unregistered

September 12, 2012 8:38 PM

Because it's been hard for young drivers to adapt to F1 because of the limited testing available. Although I think it's safe to say it's not working as planned - I seriously doubt any of the guys who participated in today's test will ever come near an actual race seat in F1... Some are there because their sponsors are willing to pay for having a corporate event on a real F1 test, some are there because they happen to have F1 testing experience but never raced (see McLaren for example).

sam - Unregistered

September 12, 2012 8:17 PM

i still do not understand what these days have been for. they were called young driver testing but ferrari been collecting aero data and mercedes said testing new parts. why teams allowed to do in season testing? anyone no?



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