Silverstone, 9 July – This was the final day of testing at Silverstone for Scuderia Ferrari and the other Formula 1 teams. At the wheel of an F14 T for the first time was Frenchman Jules Bianchi, the Ferrari Driver Academy driver, who currently races for Marussia. He did 89 laps, the best being a 1.35.262, the fastest of the day.
Bianchi worked on car set-up, starting in the morning with the settings used by Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen and then trying some new ones. The programme also involved development work on the latest updates.
At the end of the session, Jules was pleased with the day’s work. “I am happy to have been of use to the team,” he told the journalists. “We completed our programme and by the end of the afternoon, we were lapping fairly quickly.” Asked what feeling he had driving the Ferrari, Bianchi had this to say. “I found out on Monday I’d be driving the Ferrari in place of Kimi. It was obviously very exciting. I am part of the Maranello family, as I am an FDA driver and for every one of us, our goal is to get to drive this car in Formula 1. I know it’s not yet time, but I am working to show the team I am ready for it. Now I will be focusing again on my season with Marussia. So far, it’s been a positive year, but there are still a lot of races to go and I’d like to get some more good results.”