Groupe L'Inde!

Okay so let's have a little French lesson:
  • Groupe = Force
  • L'Inde = India

Why is the headline in French? Well, as predicted by Auto India Sports back in December, Force India have signed Frenchman Jules Bianchi as reserve driver for 2012.

Ferrari have confirmed however that Jules still remains on their young driver programme. This really shows that Force India's reserve role is regarded as the best reserve seat to have on the grid - just ask Nico Hulkenberg who now has a race seat after spending a season in the reserve position. The reason for this is that Force India's philosophy is that a team has three drivers, not two. In keeping with this philosophy, Jules has been promised at least nine outings in Friday practice sessions during 2012.

Jules said:

"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".

While we are on the subject of Force India, you may be interested to know that we'll have an article on their 2012 prospects in the next few days - stay tuned for that!

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