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Bianchi: I’ve learned a lot from test

Jules Bianchi says he feels ready for an F1 race seat after three days of testing at Magny-Cours
Jules Bianchi insists he has improved as a driver on the back of a successful run in the latest F1 Young Driver Test at Magny-Cours.

The Frenchman topped the times on all three days of running, taking to the track with Ferrari on Tuesday and Thursday being at the wheel for Force India on Wednesday.

Thursday's running gave Bianchi the chance to sample the Ferrari F2012 in wet conditions after light rain early in the morning and having once again led the way, he said he was pleased with the way in which the week had panned out.

"After these three days of testing I feel ready to race in Formula 1,” he said. “I grew up a lot and learned a great deal driving with Ferrari and Force India, so it has been a good experience all-round.

“In the morning [on Thursday], I did a few laps to get a feel for the car on the intermediate tyres and even though there was not much grip, it was no bad thing to get some experience in the wet, after two days of dry testing. After a few hours the track dried and we carried on with our programme, centred mainly on aerodynamic measurement and setup evaluation.

“I think the work was constructive for me and for the team. We tried to improve the balance of the car and looked at some things that could be useful in the upcoming races.”



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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), 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.
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Nealio - Unregistered

September 14, 2012 4:30 PM

It seems these young drivers tests are an excuse for development testing which is alright but why get these guys hopes up? Anybody at Ferrari mention Bianchi as a replacement for Massa? Without feeder series wins and HUGE sponsors these guys are going nowhere in F1. Spending years in simulators benefits the engineers but does little to prepare drivers for racing.

SpeedD - Unregistered

September 14, 2012 4:05 PM

I know its perhaps more costly but, why dont they let these kids race on current F1 tracks so we the fans can compare how they fare against the fully contracted F1 drivers.



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