Bianchi leads first day of Magny-Cours test for Ferrari

2012 F1 testing

Jules Bianchi, Ferrari, Magny-Cours, 2012Jules Bianchi was quickest of the three drivers in action at Magny-Cours today.

The Ferrari driver set a best time of 1’18.070 at the former home of the French Grand Prix. Bianchi was sidelined by an electrical problem on his F2012 which prevented him from going for a quicker time at the end of the session.

“We tried various aerodynamic components which are not big evolutions for the car, but things already tried on Fridays at the races and brought here to confirm some of the data,” he said.

Bianchi’s fellow Formula Renault 3.5 championship rival Sam Bird was third-fastest as he tested a new exhaust on the Mercedes W03.

The pair sandwiched the Force India of Luiz Razia (pictured) which Bianchi will drive tomorrow.

Davide Rigon will take over the Ferrari as he makes his first return to a single-seater since his GP2 crash at Istanbul last year.

Driver Team Time Gap Laps
Jules Bianchi Ferrari 1’18.070 87
Luiz Razia Force India 1’18.535 0.465 65
Sam Bird Mercedes 1’19.094 1.024 95

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9 comments on Bianchi leads first day of Magny-Cours test for Ferrari

  1. MahavirShah (@mahavirshah) said on 11th September 2012, 19:44

    Sigh… what a farce. The young drivers test was supposed to be about identifying future F1 talents. All that can be identified, if it was not evident before, is that teams can’t be expected to come to a joint decision on even when and where to hold the test. Although holding it in Europe seems to be the better option when compared to holding it at Yas Marina.

  2. AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 11th September 2012, 19:47

    Bianchi has shown a lot of speed in FR3.5 this year, even if his consistency can still be improved. With Bianchi driving another F1 car tomorrow, he’s getting a lot (relative to this day and age of limited in-season testing) of F1 experience under his belt, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him race in F1 next year, especially if he manages to win the Formula Renault 3.5 championship. Not for Ferrari, obviously, but Force India is certainly a possibility if either of the current FI drivers moves on to greener pastures.

  3. Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 11th September 2012, 20:46

    Why are Robert Wickens and Robin Frijns not getting a chance? :(

  4. jhr9988 (@rhj8899) said on 12th September 2012, 5:41

    Is Sam Bird becoming Mercedes’ “Gary Paffet”?

  5. xeroxpt (@) said on 12th September 2012, 20:38

    The pair sandwiched the Force India of Luiz Razia (pictured) which Bianchi will drive tomorrow.

    I don’t understand is Razia driving the Ferrari?

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