Jules Bianchi has become the first driver to crash a Formula 1 car in 2012. The Frenchman went off in his Force India VJM05 at Sito Pons corner at the Circuito de Jerez at approximately 9:54am CET.
@clubforce tweeted: “Jules has gone off the track and looks like he touched the tyre wall. Waiting to get the car back to assess the damage.”
Autosport.com reported that “Bianchi had stopped with the rear of the car facing the circuit, suggesting he lost the back of the car and then went sideways through the gravel.”
Bianchi seem to be uninjured, and the damage to the car is reportedly minor. Hopefully that means the Force India might be back on track during the course of the day.
Bianchi s the reserve driver for Force India in 2012. The French driver has previously competed in GP2 and been part of Ferrari’s young driver program. Alongside his reserve driver duties for Force India, Bianchi will be competing in the Formula Renault 3.5 series for the Tech 1 team this season.