Force India trial GP2 drivers
Razia and Gonzalez to get chance at Magny-Cours
By William Esler. Last Updated: September 11, 2012 9:32am
GP2 drivers Luiz Razia and Rofolfo Gonzalez will join Force India reserve driver Jules Bianchi at this week's young driver test at Magny-Cours.
23-year-old Razia, who is currently second in the GP2 standings, will drive the VJM05 on the opening day of the test.
Bianchi, who has already taken part in seven first practice sessions this year, will take over from the Brazilian on Wednesday, with 26-year-old Gonzalez driving on the final day.
Team Principal Vijay Mallya said he was excited to see how the GP2 drivers perform: "The young driver test is a chance to evaluate promising racers from the junior ranks. It's something we take very seriously and we have always tried to give young drivers time in the car whenever possible.
"We know Jules very well from his work during Friday practice sessions and it will be valuable for him to spend a full day in the car. Luiz and Rodolfo are both established GP2 racers and I look forward to seeing how they get on."
Bianchi added: "I'm really happy to be doing the young driver test at my home circuit of Magny-Cours. It's a track I really enjoy and I've raced there a few times in Formula Renault. The team has already given me lots of opportunities to drive during practice sessions, but I'm really looking forward to getting a full day in the car."
Gonzalez has previous experience of driving Formula 1 cars, and has also been a regular on the Force India simulator this year - experience he is hoping will help at the French circuit.
"This test will be a very important day for me and I'm very excited to be working with Sahara Force India. I've driven a few Formula One cars before so I just want to build on that experience and show the team what I can do.
"The team has been very helpful and given me time on the simulator at the factory so I feel well prepared to make the most of this chance."
Razia, though, is just excited by the chance: "I'm glad that Sahara Force India has given me this great opportunity. It's a chance to work with an established team and I'm sure I will learn a lot from the experience.
"I've raced at the Magny-Cours circuit before in the junior categories and enjoy the track. It's very smooth with some quick corners so it will be a good venue for testing. My objective is simply to follow the programme and help the team as much as possible."