Bianchi and Ferrari close out Silverstone test fastest


Jules Bianchi has finished fastest on the second and final day of testing at Silverstone after jumping into the Ferrari F14 T for today’s session.

Full-time driver Kimi Raikkonen was due to take part, but the team instead chose to rest him and allow him to fully recover from a 47g impact at the British Grand Prix last weekend. Bianchi drives for Marussia, and ran for the Anglo-Russian team yesterday at Silverstone, but is also a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy.

His lap of 1:35.252 went unbeaten at the top of the standings, finishing ahead of Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat and McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen. Kvyat led for much of the day before being toppled by the Frenchman.

Giedo van der Garde finished fourth for Sauber, while Lewis Hamilton bounced back from a spin in the first 30 minutes of the day to finish fifth ahead of Williams’ Valtteri Bottas. Max Chilton continued Marussia’s good form to finish seventh, with Force India’s Daniel Juncadella in P8. Defending world champion Sebastian Vettel finished ninth for Red Bull.

Charles Pic may only have finished tenth fastest, but his laps were important. For the first time, Pirelli’s concept 18-inch rimmed tires were tested, and gained widespread approval in the paddock.

Caterham’s day did not go to plan as Julian Leal’s car came to a halt just one lap into his run. It was later diagnosed as being an electrical problem which took the team several hours to fix. The team had planned to run GP2 driver Rio Haryanto in the afternoon, but instead kept Leal behind the wheel to make up for his lost running in the morning.

The test came to an end with 20 minutes left in the day after Giedo van der Garde crashed hard, damaging the barrier. The teams will now turn their attention to the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim in eleven days’ time.

Marco Andretti to drive throwback scheme to honor 25th anniversary of grandfather Mario’s last win

Photo courtesy Andretti-Herta Autosport
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Marco Andretti wanted to do something really special to honor the 25th anniversary of grandfather Mario Andretti’s final Indy car win in 1993 at Phoenix International Raceway (now known as ISM Raceway).

So the third-generation Andretti, along with his team, Andretti-Herta Autosport, came up with a plan and design that will take longtime race fans back in time when it appears early next month for the Phoenix Grand Prix.

Marco Andretti’s No. 98 Oberto Beef Jerky Circle K/Curb Honda will be decked out in the colors of the car his grandfather won his last race on the one-mile short track 25 years ago.

“When the idea of a throwback livery celebrating my grandfather’s final win was thrown around, Oberto was ready to get to the drawing board,” Marco Andretti said in a media release. “The black, white and red car resembles many of my family’s race cars and was a big part of my life growing up.

“It’s really cool to be able to add one of my cars to that family legacy.”

The car is a virtual double of the legendary Newman-Haas Racing and Texaco/Havoline-sponsored car Mario drove on that celebratory day in the Valley of the Sun 2 ½ decades ago.

Various events and ceremonies during the April 6-7 race weekend will honor the senior Andretti. That includes several of his former competitors who will be on hand to celebrate with Mario, including Emerson Fittipaldi, Bobby Rahal, Jimmy Vasser, Paul Tracy, Arie Luyendyk, and of course, son Michael Andretti and grandson Marco Andretti.

Check out what happened on that day 25 years ago:

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