Bianchi to complete FP1 with Force India
13 November 2012 – It has been confirmed by Ferrari that Jules Bianchi will take part in opening practice for the United States Grand Prix, with Force India. The Frenchman has been on loan from the Italian team across the course of the 2012 Formula 1 season.
“I have learned a lot from this role and from driving in FP1,” says Bianchi, who finished runner-up in this year’s Formula Renault 3.5 championship. “Even if I’d driven before, at the previous year’s Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi and also at Jerez, it’s not the same as driving during a race weekend because you are under a lot more pressure.
“I feel I have grown up a lot with this experience and I am now ready to be a race driver in Formula 1. I hope I find an official seat for next year as this is definitely my dream. I feel I had a good season in World Series and have done a good job with Force India as well, so I feel ready and think I deserve a seat in Formula 1…my dream is to race for Ferrari one day!”
This weekend’s race will mark the first time F1 has visited America since Lewis Hamilton beat then McLaren team-mate Fernando Alonso at Indianapolis in 2007.