Same driver, different car leads at Magny-Cours

2012 F1 testing

Jules Bianchi, Force India, Magny-Cours, 2012Jules Bianchi remained the quickest driver on day two of the Young Drivers’ Test at Magny-Cours.

Bianchi set a best time of 1’16.467 for Force India today, over a second and a half quicker than his best effort yesterday for Ferrari. He will be back in the F2012 tomorrow.

Davide Rigon took his place at Ferrari for the day and completed a mammoth 163 laps. He covered more than 700km, well in excess of two Grand Prix distances.

“I?ve already been to Magny-Cours twice in other categories, but driving a Formula 1 car here was incredible,” said Rigon. “At the start I was very excited, but after ten laps I was able to concentrate completely on the day?s busy programme.”

Michael Schumacher paid a visit to Mercedes where Sam Bird completed his second day of running in the W03.

Bird continued to test the team’s new upgrades while running on the soft tyre compound. The team will switch to the hard tomorrow when Brendon Hartley will drive for the final day of the test.

Pos. Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Jules Bianchi Force India VJM05 1’16.467 117
2 Sam Bird Mercedes W03 1’17.482 1.015 125
3 Davide Rigon Ferrari F2012 1’17.925 1.458 163

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15 comments on Same driver, different car leads at Magny-Cours

  1. Out of curiosity, does anyone know whether Bianchi’s consistent pace was better or worse in the Ferrari than the Force India?

    Shame that yesterday’s problems hindered quite possibly the best comparison between two cars yet, removing the element of driver skill (as there was only one driver for both cars), somewhat, as a factor.

  2. OmarR-Pepper (@omarr-pepper) said on 12th September 2012, 19:14

    I guess that a race and a practice have different requirements of driver’s energy or endurance. But the number of laps they can bring impresses me and shows GPs could be easily even longer, not shorter as Luca di Mon… proposes. O course longer GPs could sound a boring idea for some, but I think, if one day DrS is banned, more laps could show faster speeds on final laps and probably a wfew more retirements due to engine or gearbox problems. if F1 is now a little more like a lottery sometimes, adding more laps could bring more spicy races

  3. xeroxpt (@) said on 12th September 2012, 20:58

    How many drivers have the luxury of driving 2 F1 cars of the same season, it may have happened many times on the past but lately i don’t think so, that said i would love to hear what Bianchi has to say about both cars both engines both everything, how different can they be?

  4. Estesark (@estesark) said on 12th September 2012, 21:44

    Bianchi’s best time today was 1:16.467

    The last pole position set at the track, by Kimi Räikkönen in 2008, was 1:16.449.

    Different cars, but remarkably similar times, don’t you think?

  5. dot_com (@dot_com) said on 13th September 2012, 4:31

    This might be a stupid question, but I must have missed out on this story somewhere – exactly why is Jules Bianchi testing for Ferrari AND Force India?

  6. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 13th September 2012, 13:20

    That’s a crazy amount of laps between all 3 of them. Any ideas on their longest stint?

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