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Bianchi puts the brakes on Force India testing - Bianchi crashes out in Jerez, halting the team's progress

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Bianchi puts the brakes on Force India testing
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Jules Bianchi became the first major casualty at Jerez this morning, during the third day of testing. We’ve seen some trips into the gravel, but the Force India reserve driver went further, spinning into the tyre barrier. The damage wasn’t too great, although the car did have to be winched up and hauled away by tractor.

It put a halt to the team’s running though, as they needed replacement parts to come over from their UK base. The accident stopped Bianchi during his second half day of testing, after a more successful run yesterday afternoon. It also put pay to Nico Hülkenberg’s first stint behind the wheel, as he was due to take over testing duties after lunch. Instead, he will have to wait until tomorrow.

Bianchi apologised for the crash, saying: “I made a small mistake on my second run. The tyres were a bit cold and I spun into the gravel and touched the wall with the rear wheel. I’m very sorry because my mistake has cost the team a lot of time and effort.”

It’s also probably upset the Hülk, and you won’t like him when he’s angry.