Bianchi beats top F1 drivers in karting

© F1 Pulse, 15 January 2013
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Jules Bianchi won a karting event – called the Desafio das Estrelas - on Sunday beating the likes of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa in a tournament organised by the Brazilian Ferrari driver.

A member of the Ferrari driver academy, the Frenchman had participated and emerged victorious in the event last year as well but was disqualified due to a “a slight mistake with the weight of the kart”.

“It’s nice to race against some of the best drivers and in front of such a big and enthusiastic crowd,” said the 23-year-old. “I want to thank the Massa family for everything and I hope I can come back next year to take part again.”

Bianchi took part in the event in Force India overalls, as he is not only the Silverstone-based outfit’s test and reserve driver but is also in the running for the second seat to partner Paul di Resta this season.

Felipe Nasr stood as runner-up ahead of compatriot and former Formula 1 driver Lucas di Grassi.

Fernando Alonso was hindered by accelerator problems in the opening race and finished 21st and the registered in 18th position in the second race, failing to score any points.

“It was a very enjoyable weekend and I hope the spectators had has much fun as I did,” said the Spaniard nevertheless.

Massa, who finished eighth overall, Rubens Barrichello and Michael Schumacher have previously won the event.


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