Force India signs Bianchi as reserve driver
New Delhi: Force India has completed its drivers` line up for the 2012 season by signing French racer Jules Bianchi as its reserve driver.
Bianchi, who was with Ferrai as a test and reserve driver in the 2011 season, has been promised a minimum of nine Friday practice sessions during Grand Prix weekends.
The 22-year-old Frenchman will get his first run in the VJM05 during pre-season testing next month.
"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," Bianchi said through a Force Insia statement.
Team Principal Vijay Mallya 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."
Force India had promoted last season`s reserve driver Nico Hulkenberg to the racing seat after showing the door to senior pro Adrian Sutil.
Paul di Resta is the other driver for the team. The 2012 season will begin with the Melbourne Grand Prix on March 18.