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Bianchi top again at Magny-Cours

Jules Bianchi transfers back to Ferrari and finishes top for the third day in succession

Jules Bianchi topped the times again today on the third and final day of the Young Driver Test at Magny-Cours in France.

Having driven for Force India on Wednesday, the Frenchman switched back to Ferrari for the last day and despite a wet start, managed 138 tours in total at the wheel of the F2012, while working on aerodynamic measures and set-up evaluations.

His best lap was a 1 minute 16.985 seconds, which put him more than a second up on Rodolfo Gonzalez. Interestingly though, it was still 0.518 seconds slower than the top time he set yesterday at the wheel of the Force India...

Gonzalez meanwhile was getting his first taste of the VJM05 and did 79 laps, his best a 1m 18.018s. The Venezuelan ran through a varied programme, which included pit stop simulations and launches, as well as running with different aero settings. Like all three drivers on track, he also got a taste of the intermediate tyres early on when conditions were wet.

Brendon Hartley was the other runner in action, taking over the Mercedes from Sam Bird. Hartley hadn't driven an F1 car for over three years, but was pleased to get a run in the W03 after having only previously piloted it in the simulator. He used the wet and intermediate tyres in the morning, before conducting set-up work over longer runs on the harder tyres this afternoon. In total he did 87 laps.

All three teams now switch their focus to the Singapore Grand Prix, which takes place next weekend.



Magny-Cours test times - Day 3, 13 September:

1. Jules Bianchi France Ferrari-Ferrari 1min 16.985secs 138 laps
2. Rodolfo Gonzalez Venezuela Sahara Force India 1min 18.018secs 79 laps
3. Brendon Harley New Zealand Mercedes-Mercedes 1min 18.671secs 87 laps

all times unofficial



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Jules Bianchi (FRA), test driver, Scuderia Ferrari  13.09.2012. Formula One Young Drivers Test, Day 3, Magny-Cours, France.
Jules Bianchi (FRA), Sahara Force India Formula One Team  13.09.2012. Formula One Young Drivers Test, Day 3, Magny-Cours, France.
Jules Bianchi (FRA), test driver, Scuderia Ferrari  13.09.2012. Formula One Young Drivers Test, Day 3, Magny-Cours, France.
Jules Bianchi (FRA), test driver, Scuderia Ferrari  13.09.2012. Formula One Young Drivers Test, Day 3, Magny-Cours, France.

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Christian - Unregistered

September 14, 2012 1:26 AM

Just home from 3 days at Magny Cours Test. Interesting comparing Bianchi in the different cars, although hard to compare fuel loads etc really I suppose. The stand out performance for me was Brendan Hartley in the Mercedes! Hasn't tested F1 in 3 years (now only 22) and yet it seems he was quicker than Sam Bird on the hard tyre and only 0.85 off Birds time on softs, when today the track was also slower! Watch out Nico I'd say!!!!! Bring on Singapore!!!



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