Jules Bianchi may be on course for an F1 drive next season after achieving a young drivers test hat-trick. Bianchi finished all three days on top at Magny Cours, albeit with different teams. Having tested for Ferrari on Tuesday, he moved to Force India for the second day before making a return to Ferrari on Thursday.
The Force India test and reserve driver seemed to be happy to use the test as an opportunity to showcase himself. With a chance to test in a variety of conditions and two different cars, Bianchi showed that he is more than capable of moving up to the next level.
Bianchi’s best chance of a drive next season is at Force India, however the Frenchman is dependent on one of the team’s current drivers moving on. With rumours flying around that Paul di Resta may be off to McLaren should Lewis Hamilton move to Mercedes and both di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg being named as potential replacements for Felipe Massa, Bianchi may get an opportunity.
Bianchi has spent this season splitting his time between the Force India team on Grand Prix Fridays and the Formula Renault 3.5 Series. His performances in free practice have been good given the performance of the car, however he doesn’t seem to have impressed as much as di Resta or Hulkenberg did when in the same position. The opportunity to drive at the young driver’s test couldn’t have gone any better for Bianchi, but he will have to wait until the end of the season to find out if he has done enough to secure a drive. This presents a problem for Bianchi as by that time his impressive performance at Magny Cours could have simply been forgotten.