F1-Fansite.com

F1 News

Bianchi: Ferrari F1 seat not the plan for 2015

Posted on by
Jules Bianchi
Jules Bianchi
Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari F14T at Canada

Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari F14T at Canada

Jules Bianchi staked a claim on a Ferrari race seat on Wednesday, setting the pace at the post-British grand prix Silverstone test.

Drafted in by Ferrari to replace Kimi Raikkonen after the Finn's high-speed crash last Sunday, Frenchman and Marussia driver Bianchi looked as impressive as Fernando Alonso had been in practice last weekend in the same F14-T car.

Moreover, Bianchi's 1 minute 35.2 laptime was more than a second faster than Raikkonen - who has notably struggled in 2014 - had managed in Silverstone practice.

Although clearly part of Ferrari's future plans, the 24-year-old played down the significance of his Silverstone speed, insisting differing wind conditions between the race weekend and the test played a significant role.

"But it's always good to do some good laptimes and to be consistent," he admitted. "Obviously it is much better to do a good job and a good laptime."

Nonetheless, Raikkonen is firmly under contract for 2015, and Bianchi acknowledged that a race seat with the Maranello team "is not the plan for next year".

Another major talking point at Silverstone on Wednesday was the prototype 18-inch low-profile tyre being tested by Pirelli and Lotus.

In charge was Lotus tester Charles Pic, and he said the tyre seemed "more nervous" than its 13-inch counterpart.

"These are just a prototype concept," explained Pirelli's Paul Hembery.

"But if the teams decided that they wanted us to proceed in this direction, we have the capability to come up with a production-ready version in a comparatively short space of time," he added.

A photo of the tyre in action can be seen at http://www.lotusf1team.com/ImageGen.ashx?width=1000&image=/media/1408/_r6t4591-2-copy.jpg

Book discounted tickets and reservate your hotel room in our F1 Tickets Shop.

Please share this article & subscribe to our FREE weekly F1 Newsletter

PinIt

Latest F1 News posts:

See older posts in our F1 News Archive »

Stay Updated by F1-Fansite!

Buy F1 MerchandiseBuy F1 Merchandise of your favourite driver or team.

Early Booking Discounts on F1 Tickets

Buy F1 tickets cheaper at F1-Fansite.com 2016 Formula 1 Season Early Booking Discounts are:
F1 Grand Prix
Discount

Book F1 Tickets Japanese F1 GP Japan '16Available
Book Now
Book F1 Tickets US F1 GP USA '16Available
Book Now
Book F1 Tickets Mexican F1 GP Mexico '16Available
Book Now
Book F1 Tickets Brazilian F1 GP Brazil '16Available
Book Now
Book F1 Tickets Abu Dhabi F1 GP Abu Dhabi '16Available
Book Now
Book F1 Tickets Australian F1 GP Australia '17AvialableBook Now
Book F1 Tickets Spanish F1 GP Spain '1720% discountBook Now
Book F1 Tickets Monaco F1 GP Monaco '17AvailableBook Now
Book F1 Tickets Austrian F1 GP Austria '1720% discountBook Now
Book F1 Tickets British F1 GP UK '17AvailableBook Now
Book F1 Tickets Hungarian F1 GP Hungary '1720% discountBook Now
Book F1 Tickets Belgian F1 GP Belgium '1725% discountBook Now

Polls

Who is your favourite F1 team?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...
F1 Polls