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Jules Bianchi could be a future Ferrari star

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With ninth place in the Monaco Grand Prix last weekend, Jules Bianchi secured Marussia F1 team's first ever points in the sport.

In the 2010 season when three new teams were allocated entires to Formula One, everybody knew they would be some way off the pace and that it would be a while for them to be competitive.

Hispania F1 may have folded, but I don't think too many people expected it to take as long as it has for the first points to be scored by one of Marussia (formerly Virgin Racing) or Caterham F1 (Formerly Lotus).

Many drivers have taken a shot with the new teams. Timo Glock and Heikki Kovalainen, two well respected drivers, while Max Chilton is yet to retire in just over a season in the Marussia, but it was Frenchman Jules Bianchi who has been the man to break the duck.

It does not come as a complete surprise (despite the size of the achievement) that it is Bianchi who s leading the charge for Marussia to break into the midfield.

The 24-year-old has impressed ever since his first race weekend in Formula One with the team last season. He claimed a 15th place finish on his debut in Melbourne followed up by 13th in Malaysia. Those results contributing significantly to Marussia finishing ahead of their direct rival Caterham in the final standings. Therefore winning the greater prize money, allowing for better developments to the car.

Those developments will be a main reason for Marussia's increased performance again this year as they continue to close the gap to the rest. 

Jules Bianchi is doing a fantastic job for the team and looks to have a big future. The Ferrari Academy man has an impressive record in junior formulas with a series win in the 2007 Eurocup Formula Renault before going on to finish third in the Formula Three EuroSeries in what was a field of deep quality at the time. 

He won the series the year after that against fellow Formula One drivers Valtteri Bottas and Esteban Gutierrez with nine victories in total. Inevitably the step to GP2 came about for Jules and he finished third in the series two years running while he achieved second in the Asian alternative and also in the Formula Renault 3.5 series. 

It is a brilliantly successful junior career displaying speed and consistency. With a CV so strong it is no wonder why he is in the Ferrari Driver Academy. But is he good enough to one day drive for the most iconic team in Formula One history?

Driving for Marussia, who use Ferrari engines, they will be keeping a close eye on his data back in Italy. It is difficult to tell his full potential in the limited car but then again he could not do a lot more than he is and his results in other formulas are as good as many drivers ahead of him. 

Bianchi's fantastic overtake on Kamui Kobayashi at Monaco is evidence of his talent as it is not an easy place to pass. Ferrari have shown loyalty to Bianchi by supporting him to drive in Formula One so there gives the idea that they are waiting for the right time to bring him in.

Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso are two of the best drivers on the grid but both are the wrong side of thirty. So there may be an opening in the next few years. But it would not be appropriate to bring Bianchi in at the moment with the car not at its strongest due to the pressure on it would apply on the young driver.

However, if he were to be given a chance further up the grid next season there is no reason why he could not make an impact like that of Daniel Ricciardo in the Red Bull. With the way in which he has pushed the Marussia to the limits these last two seasons, it would be full deserved.

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