Abu Dhabi Young Driver Test Day 2 – Ferrari

Tyre and engine testing for Bianchi

Maranello, 16 November

Circuit: Yas Marina – 5.554 km
Driver: Jules Bianchi
Car: Ferrari 150° Italia
Weather: air temperature 25/33°C, track temperature 29/49 °C. Sunny.

Second day of testing for Scuderia Ferrari and the other Formula 1 teams at the Yas Marina circuit, located near the Abu Dhabi theme park, dedicated to the Maranello marque.

Once again today, Jules Bianchi took to the track for Ferrari. The Frenchman worked on two main areas: new components linked to engine management and an evaluation of the experimental tyres brought here by Pirelli.

By the end of the day, Bianchi completed a total of 91 laps, the quickest in a time of 1.40.279.

“It was another good day of testing,” said Jules at the end of the day. “I was able to do a lot of kilometres and so we were able to complete all the planned programme, while I was also able to improve on my lap time from yesterday. It’s valuable work for the team, because we have accumulated a lot of data which will be important for the development of the 2012 car.”

Testing at this circuit ends tomorrow, again with the French driver on track for the Scuderia.

Bianchi nears the thousand mark at Yas Marina

Yas Marina, 16 November – When a driver goes too long without driving, a sense of frustration builds up: having a steering wheel between one’s hands and being able to press the accelerator is what they like best. If Jules Bianchi had been feeling this malaise, then Abu Dhabi has provided just the right cure. Over the course of two days, the Frenchman has come close to rattling off a thousand kilometres, after adding another 91 laps of the Yas Marina circuit today to the 85 from yesterday, staying glued in the cockpit pretty much throughout the entire time. “In testing, reliability is the key because it means you can work through everything planned by the engineers,” explained Jules at the end of this long day. “Today, we divided the work into two parts: in the morning we concentrated on new components relating to next year’s engine mapping, while in the afternoon, we had an in depth look at the experimental tyres that Pirelli has supplied to all the teams for this test. From what we could see, there is not that much difference compared to the 2011 tyres, but obviously, it is too early to draw any definitive conclusions.”

Jules made significant progress in terms of his lap times, improving on yesterday’s performance by around 7 tenths (from 1.40.960 to 1.40.279.) However, this was not enough to put him at the top of the timesheet, because once again today, his fellow countryman, Jean-Eric Vergne was fastest in the Red Bull, even if by only 91 thousandths. “I am a racing driver and therefore I always want to be quickest,” was Jules’ honest admission. “But I understand that in testing, lap times are not so relevant. I was pleased I was able to improve in terms of my performance, because it means that I am doing a good job, but the most important thing is to bring home useful data: there are only a few opportunities to test on track and one has to make the most of them. Tomorrow, we will continue to work on the tyres and apart from that, we will have to wait and see what the team will put on the agenda at the evening meeting.”

Of one thing, Jules can be certain: the engineers will always find a reason to put the car through its paces, because like the drivers, they too can’t get enough of it.