Bianchi tops first day of Magny-Cours test
11 September 2012 – Tuesday has seen Formula 1 return to Magny-Cours. As three teams attended for what is the second of three Young Driver tests this year, Jules Bianchi led the way for Ferrari. The Frenchman will be driving for Force India on Wednesday.
At Force India, GP2 title contender Luiz Razia – who suffered a disastrous weekend at Monza – was at the wheel, causing a brief red flag period when he spun at the Imola Chicane. On Wednesday, Bianchi will step into his customary role for 2012 as Davide Rigon enjoys another outing at Ferrari. Watching on the sidelines today was Kiwi Brendon Hartley, who is scheduled to drive for Mercedes on Thursday.
During the day, it was decided that the track action would be extended to six o'clock, allowing the teams a crucial extra hour of development time. During this hour Razia moved to second place, while Bianchi stopped on track at the Chateau d'Eau, causing a second red flag period.
The test continues at 9am local time (BST +1) on Wednesday