Substitute Bianchi stars for Ferrari at Silverstone

  • Thursday 10th July, 2014 3:18am
  • Author: SpeedCafe ©
Jules Bianchi topped the times at Silverstone for Ferrari

Jules Bianchi topped the times at Silverstone for Ferrari

Jules Bianchi made the most of his Ferrari call up as he topped the times in the final day of the Silverstone test.

The Marussia driver, who was called up to replace Kimi Raikkonen following the Finn’s heavy crash during the British Grand Prix, surged to the top of the time sheets in the final hour of running.

Bianchi completed 89 untroubled laps with his personal best effort of 1.35.262s being two tenths quicker than Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat. The Frenchman’s time was just two hundredths shy of the leading time set by Williams driver Felipe Massa on Tuesday.

McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen was third fastest having completed the most mileage of anyone on the day with 91 laps under his belt.

Sauber once again showed encouraging signs in fourth with reserve driver Giedo van der Garde at the wheel.

However, the Dutchman brought the session to early close following an incident which damaged the barriers.

British Grand Prix winner Lewis Hamilton endured a challenging day for Mercedes as he lost time with an off at Stowe. The Brit eventually finished the day in fifth a full 1.4s adrift of the pace setting Bianchi.

Williams‘ Valtteri Bottas was sixth just ahead of Marussia’s Max Chilton and Force India’s Daniel Juncadella.

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel managed to clock up 76 laps but his best effort was more than four seconds off the pace in ninth. The German’s RB10 underwent a power unit change which cost the team valuable time.

Charles Pic rounded out the top 10 with the early part of his day spent evaluating Pirelli’s new 18-inch tyres

Formula 1 Silverstone Test Day 2 Times

1Jules BianchiFerrari1:35.262s89
2Daniil KvyatToro Rosso-Renault1:35.544s+0.282s56
3Kevin MagnussenMcLaren-Mercedes1:35.593s+0.331s91
4Giedo van der GardeSauber-Ferrari1:36.327s+1.065s84
5Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:36.680s+1.418s47
6Valtteri BottasWilliams-Mercedes1:37.193s+1.931s40
7Max ChiltonMarussia-Ferrari1:37.359s+2.097s77
8Daniel JuncadellaForce India-Mercedes1:37.449s+2.187s52
9Sebastian VettelRed Bull-Renault1:39.410s+4.148s76
10Charles PicLotus-Renault1:41.906s+6.644s38
11Julian LealCaterham-Renault1:42.635s+7.373s51


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