Bianchi quickest for Ferrari on final day
9 July 2014 – Jules Bianchi set the standard on the second and final day of the post-British Grand Prix test at Silverstone. The regular Marussia driver, standing in for the recovering Kimi Räikkönen at Ferrari, set a best time of 1.35.262 to beat Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat by 0.282 seconds, with McLaren's Kevin Magnussen third.
Bianchi, who had not previously driven the F14 T chassis, rose to the front with an hour left on the clock, lapping just two hundredths of a second slower than Williams driver Felipe Massa managed on Tuesday.
Kvyat had topped the majority of the day but fell to second amid Bianchi's advances, with fellow rookie Magnussen a further half a tenth adrift.
Sauber test driver Giedo van der Garde, back in action after his practice appearance last week, shot up the timesheets to fourth in the closing stages, only to lose control of his car and make contact with the barriers.
As track repairs were required, the day's testing action came to an end 20 minutes earlier than planned.
Lewis Hamilton was another to bring out the red flags, spinning into the gravel trap at Stowe early on. The Mercedes driver enjoyed a smoother afternoon, however, and gradually climbed up the order to fifth position.
Valtteri Bottas classified sixth in the Williams, followed by Marussia's Max Chilton – tyre testing for Pirelli – and Force India reserve Daniel Juncadella who, like van der Garde, backed up his recent free practice outing.
Sebastian Vettel – another conducting tyre work – wound up ninth, having been delayed by an engine change.
Charles Pic was next up, trialling Pirelli's experimental 18-inch tyres in the morning. He sat nine seconds off the pace after his opening laps, but returned to 13-inch wheels for the afternoon and improved considerably.
Julián Leal brought up the rear for Caterham, his F1 test debut disrupted by an early electrical problem.
The Colombian was eventually able to head back out and complete a respectable total of 51 laps, but fellow GP2 driver Rio Haryanto, who was due to share driving duties with Leal, missed out on the opportunity to drive.