Jules Bianchi, Ferrari, Magny-Cours, 2012

Bianchi remains on top as Young Drivers Test ends

2012 F1 testingPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Jules Bianchi, Ferrari, Magny-Cours, 2012Jules Bianchi completed a hat-trick by finishing the final day of the Young Drivers’ test with the quickest time.

Bianchi returned to Ferrari for the last day of the test and headed the times with a best lap of 1’16.985, half a second slower than his best lap for Force India yesterday.

The test began on a wet track and Bianchi took the opportunity to do some running on intermediate tyres: “In the morning, 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.”

Bianchi was the only driver to run on all three days of the test, and added a further 138 laps to his tally. Over three days he covered 342 laps totalling 1,508km – nearly five Grand Prix distances.

Rodolfo Gonzalez took over from Bianchi at Force India and was second fastest followed by Brendon Hartley in the Mercedes.

“The track was quite wet this morning so we lost some time,” said Hartley. “But once it had dried out, we were able to get on with the test programme, using mainly the hard tyre.”

Pos. Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Jules Bianchi Ferrari F2012 1’16.985 138
2 Rodolfo Gonzalez Force India VJM05 1’18.018 1.033 79
3 Brendon Hartley Mercedes W03 1’18.671 1.686 87

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