Sahara Force India have signed the 22 year old French driver, Jules Bianchi as their reserve driver for the 2012 Formula One season. Jules Bianchi will be given a chance to prove his worth during the Friday practice sessions this F1 season. Bianchi has had an illustrious past. Jules was with Ferrari F1 team as a reserve driver last year and prior to that in 2007 he finished as a champion with French Formula Renault, bringing him into the limelight.
Bianchi was also credited with Master of Formula 3 at Zolder in 2008 where he finished in 3rd place. In 2010 Bianchi went onto compete in GP2 Asia Championships where he finished 3rd. This kind of performance could be credited to his ancestry as his granduncle Lucien Bianchi, too was a Formula 1 driver. Lucien even won the 24 hours Le Mans at Monaco. Bianchi now joins Sahara Force India as reserve driver where he will be seen all through the 2012 F1 season.
Speaking about Jules joining Sahara Force India, Dr. Vijay Mallya, Team Principal and Managing Director, said, “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. We are proud of our track record in this regard and I have no doubt that Jules will quickly settle into the team and make a valuable contribution to our efforts on track this season.”
Jules Bianchi 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.”