The second day of Formula 1 testing at Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours saw significant ground covered by the participating teams, with all three undertaking valuable development work at the French track.
Leading the way in the endurance stakes were Scuderia Ferrari who completed a total of 165 laps over eight hours of running, with MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS and Sahara Force India also making full use of the morning and afternoon sessions.
As was the case yesterday, Frenchman Jules Bianchi topped the times on home turf by recoding a lap of 1m16.467.
But having produced Tuesday's effort aboard the Scuderia Ferrari car, Bianchi enjoyed the rare experience of piloting two different Formula 1 machines in 24 hours as he switched to Sahara Force India's VJM05. Running a total of 117 laps, the Nice-born driver quickly settled into the car in which he has contested seven Formula 1 free practice sessions during the 2012 season.
Third fastest was Italian racer Davide Rigon who posted a 1m17.925 aboard the Scuderia Ferrari machine. The 27-year-old was making his debut in an official test for the team and used the occasion to cover impressive ground for the world championship-chasing squad.
The test concludes tomorrow with running again scheduled to begin at 9am local time. Bianchi is set to return to the Ferrari car for the final day with Venezuela’s Rodolfo Gonzalez taking his vacated berth in the Force India and MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS fielding Bird's fellow development driver Brendon Hartley.
Sam Bird, MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS : “We’ve had a second very positive day at the test and successfully completed our planned schedule, including the evaluation of the performance items that we wanted to achieve. It was a great experience to be back behind the wheel of a Formula One car this week, and to help with the development programme, and I would like to thank the team for giving me this opportunity.”
Jules Bianchi, Sahara Force India: “Today was very enjoyable and it was great to do so many laps. I’ve done a lot of Friday practice sessions with the team, but when you spend a full day in the car you can do so much more and really start to find the limit. It was a chance for me to get more used to the control systems and experience the car on both high and low fuel. The team asked me to work on the set-up and we saw the lap times improve during the day. I think the time in the car was very valuable and will allow me to help the team even more in the remaining seven races of the season.”
Day 2: Times/Laps/Distance covered
|1.||Jules Bianchi||Sahara Force India||1m16.467||117 laps||514.8km|
|2.||Sam Bird||MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS||1m17.462||125 laps||550km|
|3.||Davide Rigon||Scuderia Ferrari||1m17.925||165 laps||726km|