Bianchi sets pace at colder Magny-Cours
12 September 2012 – Jules Bianchi and Force India led the way on the second day of this week’s Formula 1 Young Driver Test in France. On this occasion, temperatures were significantly lower at Magny-Cours as Sam Bird continued for Mercedes and Davide Rigon drove for Ferrari.
Once again, the green light came on at 9am and no rain hit the circuit; for this reason it was confirmed that, as on Tuesday, running would be extended to 6pm. Mercedes continued to test its raft of updates, including re-profiled exhausts and Double DRS. Michael Schumacher made an appearance to assess the latest components and chat with Brendon Hartley; should the programme be completed on time, the New Zealander will driver on Thursday.
Bianchi has had the privilege of driving for not one, but two F1 teams this week. A member of the Ferrari Driver Academy, he began his duties in red overalls before donning his more customary green and orange Force India kit this morning. The Frenchman, hoping the sport will race again at Magny-Cours in the near future, has already taken part in seven free practice sessions with the Anglo-Indian squad this year. His best time of 1:16.467 was a second quicker than Bird’s. On Thursday, Venezuelan Rodolfo González will enjoy time with Force India.
None of the trio on-track made any major errors, including Rigon, although the 26-year-old did run out wide at the Adelaide hairpin during a stint in the afternoon. This week’s gathering marks the first time F1 cars have visited Magny-Cours since June 2008.
The third and final day commences at 9am local time (BST +1) on Thursday