Bianchi confirmed at Force India

By on Friday, January 27, 2012

Jules Bianchi © Ferrari S.p.A.

Jules Bianchi has been confirmed as test and reserve driver for Force India.

The Frenchman will run in at least nine Friday practice sessions across 2012, in a role occupied by Paul di Resta in 2010 and Nico Hulkenberg in 2011.

Bianchi, a race winner in GP2, said,“I’m obviously excited to join Sahara Force India and the chance to get track time during race weekends is an important step for me. “Being regularly in a current car is the best way to learn quickly and I hope it will put me in a strong position to one day move into a race seat.

“The next few months will be really exciting as I get to know the team, see how they work and prepare for my time in the car. I would like to thank everyone for believing in me and especially Sahara Force India for giving me this great opportunity.”

Team boss Dr Vijay Mallya added, "I am delighted to welcome Jules into the Sahara Force India family. We always keep an eye on young, talented drivers and his performance in GP2 certainly impressed us all. By giving Jules the opportunity to be part of our 2012 campaign, we continue to demonstrate our commitment to young drivers.”

Bianchi's loan to Force India places him firmly in the running for Felipe Massa's seat in 2013, alongside fellow Ferrari Academy driver Sergio Perez.

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