Jules Bianchi's impressive start to life in Formula 1 has been noted by Ferrari's driver academy chief Luca Baldisserri.
The French driver is a member of the Ferrari development academy, and his ability to land a seat with Marussia has allowed him to gain some unprecedented experience in the sport.
It was always going to be difficult - even for an experienced driver - to score points for the Russian team, but Bianchi has given a good account of himself.
He has regularly out-qualified teammate Max Chilton and the Caterham pair of Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde, proving he can be labelled as a 'best of the rest' driver.
And those achievements have now been commented on by Baldisserri.
The Ferrari man is quoted by Sky Sports as saying: "Jules has completed the move to Formula 1 without any problems.
"He has become the benchmark driver for the team, gaining its confidence at the track. I consider it a fundamental move, especially in Formula 1.
"Recently we spent a bit of time together in Maranello to assess the situation. We will continue to concentrate on stress management, an aspect where he has already made great progress, even if there is still room for improvement."
This praise will have been greatly received by the 24-year-old, who has been tipped as a good prospect for the future.
His highest finish came in Malaysia, where he passed the chequered flag in 13th place. With nine races remaining this year, his short-term goal will be to better that.
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