Bianchi's first time in the F2012
Circuit: Magny Cours – 4.411 km
Driver: Jules Bianchi
Car: Ferrari F2012
Weather: air temperature 18/26 °C, track temperature 22/31 °C. Sunny to start, then overcast at times.
Magny-Cours, 11 September - A three day Young Driver Test got underway today at Magny-Cours, to assess potential future Formula 1 drivers. Frenchman Jules Bianchi was at the wheel for Scuderia Ferrari.
The day’s programme centred mainly on two points: collecting aerodynamic data, with the car fitted with specific sensors for this task and adapting the car set-up to best suit Jules’ driving style.
The day’s running finished slightly ahead of schedule because of an electrical problem and up to that point, Bianchi had done 87 laps, with a best time of 1.18.070.
“Today 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” -said Jules at the end of the day - “It’s the first time I’ve driven this year’s car and it was good opportunity for me to get some experience of it. I immediately felt comfortable, with a good pace, but right near the end of the session when I wanted to go for a time, we had a small electrical problem. Apart from that, it was a completely positive day: I really like driving this track and it’s characteristics are particularly well suited to testing.”
The Scuderia continues testing tomorrow, with Davide Rigon at the wheel.