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Fernando Alonso hails Bianchi after historic Marussia result

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As Nico Rosberg stormed to his second straight win in Monaco on Sunday, history was made behind.

Jules Bianchi claimed Marussia's first ever F1 points with a brilliant eighth place finish, which later dropped to ninth, but still saw the Silverstone team jump to ninth in the constructors standings.

In many ways it is fitting that Bianchi should be the driver to finally see one of the newer teams break their run of 82 races without scoring a top 10 result.

The Frenchman, born just along the coast in Nice, has been easily the star of the four drivers at the two slower teams since he joined Marussia in 2012 including dominating his current team-mate Max Chilton.

Now Bianchi's result has earned him praise from those at his parent team Ferrari as Jules remains an academy driver at Maranello.

Following his incredible result, current Ferrari driver and friend of Bianchi, Fernando Alonso, expressed his delight for the Frenchman.

"He's a friend and I'm extremely happy for him and very proud of what his result will mean for him in his career," said Alonso, who himself finished fourth in Monte Carlo.

"I have no doubt it will be a good career," the double world champion added speaking to Reuters.

Many believe Bianchi was overlooked by those teams who were looking for new drivers ahead of the 2014 season, but after his performance on the streets of Monaco, Alonso believes it is only a matter of time before Bianchi moves up the grid.

Also elated by the result was Marussia team principal John Booth who believes his now star driver could be ready to step up and drive for Ferrari.

"I think he's ready to go now. If they (Ferrari) need him, I think he's ready to go," he also told Reuters. "I think he's got a long career in F1. Absolute top driver."

Of course the result was thanks in part to high attrition ahead with both Sauber's and both Toro Rosso's retiring as well as a late incident involving Kimi Raikkonen and Kevin Magnussen.

But Bianchi was absolutely deserving of this incredible result after a bold overtake on Kamui Kobayashi, a man known more for his aggressive driving than the Frenchman, at Rascasse as well as holding off a late charge from Romain Grosjean's Lotus a car that has competed in the top 10 at recent races.

With the celebrations in full swing among the mechanics back in the garage, Bianchi himself seemed calm reminiscing on a result that will be forever remembered as one of the great drives in Monaco history.

"It was not an easy race; there were some enjoyable highs along the way, but also a couple of concerning moments too," he said.

"What matters at the end is that we got there and we can savour the highlights for a long time to come," he said.

The result for Marussia could be very crucial for the team financially, as I mentioned, the two points move them ahead of established midfield team Sauber into ninth in the Constructor's standings and also come amid reports their biggest rivals Caterham have been put up for sale.

While it would be expected the Swiss team will recover and ultimately reclaim ninth, the chances of points at further races for Marussia and Caterham remain heavily dependent on races such as next in Canada and Singapore where high attrition has been seen before.

Otherwise tenth for the second straight season is looking a very safe bet come Abu Dhabi and for Bianchi further heights will almost certainly be scaled from 2015. 

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