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Bianchi impresses for Ferrari

Jules Bianchi stepped in for the injured Kimi Raikkonen for Ferrari on Wednesday and promptly set the fastest lap of the day.

Raikkonen sat out the test session at Silverstone on Wednesday following his nasty shunt during the opening lap of the British Grand Prix on Sunday.

On Tuesday Pedro De La Rosa completed 49 laps setting a fastest lap time of 1m 37.988seconds.

Bianchi had spent Tuesday completing 108 laps for Marussia, but he switched cars on Wednesday to go on to complete 89 laps for Ferrari.

That meant that over the two days Bianchi had completed 721miles of testing.

His fastest time was 2.726 seconds faster than the best time set by De La Rosa.

'By the end of the day I got a really good feeling in the car, even if at the start, it was not so easy adapting to a car thatís very different to the one I race, The parameters are completely different and I spent the first runs getting used to it. Bianchi told Sky Sports.

'Putting on a Ferrari race suit is always a special feeling and I hope one day I can wear it as a race driver, even if I have a lot to learn.'

It was also an important day for Mercedes.

Formula One Championship leader Nico Rosberg completed 89 laps around Silverstone on Tuesday, but Hamilton suffered an engine change in the morning of his session limiting him to just 47 laps.

Rosberg's fastest lap on Tuesday of 1m 35.573seconds was also over a second quicker than Hamilton's best on Wednesday.

'It wasn't an easy day today; we had great weather but unfortunately had some problems at the start of the day which meant we lost some track time, It could have been a lot worse as it could have been raining or we could have even done no laps, but some of the things we've tried in the car feel really positive.' Hamilton told formula1.com

1. Jules Bianchi, Ferrari, 1m 35.262s, 89 laps

2. Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso, 1m 35.544s, 55 laps

3. Kevin Magnussen, McLaren, 1m 35.593s, 91 laps

4. Giedo van der Garde, Sauber, 1m 36.327s, 84 laps

5. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 1m 36.680s, 47 laps

6. Valtteri Bottas, Williams, 1m 37.193s, 40 laps

7. Max Chilton, Marussia, 1m 37.359s, 77 laps

8. Daniel Juncadella, Force India, 1m 37.449s, 52 laps

9. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 1m 39.410s, 76 laps

10. Charles Pic, Lotus, 1m 41.906s, 39 laps

11. Julian Leal, Caterham, 1m 42.635s, 51 laps








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Date:Thursday July 10 2014

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