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Ferrari lead first day of Magny-Cours Young Driver test // Jules Bianchi was fastest on the first day of testing in France

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Ferrari lead first day of Magny-Cours Young Driver test
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This is F1Minute - Ferrari lead first day of Magny-Cours Young Driver test.

Jules Bianchi topped the timesheets for Ferrari today at Magny-Cours, albeit ahead of a limited field. Ferrari were joined by Force India, who had Luiz Razia behind the wheel, and Mercedes who granted Sam Bird the opportunity of a few laps.

They finished the day in that order, with all three drivers helping to evaluate new parts on the cars. Mercedes are looking at a new exhaust layout, whilst Force India investigated the potential of a new front wing.

Speaking of the experience, Sam Bird said: “We’ve had a very productive first day of the test today and were able to complete everything that we had planned on our programme. It felt great to be back in the car again and I enjoyed every minute of it.”

Bianchi will make the transition from Ferrari to Force India tomorrow, and there’s potential for a race seat in it if he does well. Ahead of the test, Team Principal of Force India Vijay Mallya said: “The young driver test is a chance to evaluate promising racers from the junior ranks. It’s something we take very seriously and we have always tried to give young drivers time in the car whenever possible.”

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