Bianchi to replace Raikkonen for post-British GP test

Bianchi to replace Raikkonen for post-British GP test

Jules Bianchi will replace Kimi Raikkonen for the second day of testing at Silverstone this week, following the Finn’s violent crash at the British Grand Prix.

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Raikkonen crashed heavily at the entry to the Wellington Straight on the opening lap of Sunday’s grand prix, bringing the race to a halt owing to the damage caused to the crash barrier.

The Finn experienced a force of 47G in the impact, sustaining bruising to his knee and ankle, with Ferrari opting to rest him to ensure his fitness ahead of the German Grand Prix in two weeks’ time.

Ferrari starlet Bianchi, who achieved Marussia’s best ever result in qualifying with 12th at Silverstone, will drive the Scuderia’s F14 T car on Wednesday.

The team’s development driver Pedro de la Rosa will be in the car on Tuesday, for the opening day of testing, when Ferrari will carry out tyre testing duties for Pirelli.

Image courtesy of Octane Photographic

Dan Paddock

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Dan Paddock is an FIA accredited freelance motorsport and Formula 1 journalist and the recently appointed Grand Prix Editor of Richland F1. Dan joined the site in July of last year as a Staff Writer, fresh off the back of completing a master’s degree in journalism. He has since gone on to represent Richland F1 at the 2014 British Grand Prix, his debut in the Formula 1 paddock. Aside from Richland F1, Dan also writes for Rumble Strip News, as well as maintaing his own modest blog.