Ferrari academy driver Jules Bianchi has spoken about his future and is not expecting to be promoted just yet.
The 25-year-old year-old is enjoying his second full season in Formula One and is showing all the signs of being a future Ferrari star.
But the Frenchman told Crash.net that he does not think his opportunity will arrive as soon as next season.
He told reporters: “They have a contract with both drivers for next year and I don't think they will change that. What I need to do is keep focusing on my job with Marussia and do the best job that I can.”
Ferrari seem certain to keep hold of Fernando Alonso despite speculation and Kimi Raikkonen is also contracted for 2015, but doubts can always be cast over the Finn's commitment to the sport- especially after what has been a mediocre campaign for the 2007 world champion.
But Bianchi is remaining realistic and concentrating on his current task with the improving Marussia F1 team.
Fighting for points
Bianchi said: “I want to be in a place where I can fight for points.
“It can be here, because if some people invest in this team then for sure we can do a much better job and be quicker. We are doing a great job with what we have at the moment, but with more money we can be more competitive."
Bianchi did however suggest that next season an alternative drive could be a possibility saying:
"I am Ferrari's driver, so it is in their interest to put me in a better place.”
The Frenchman, though limited to one of the weaker cars on the gird, has made a huge impact since his entrance to Formula One. In his debut season he impressed with the performance he was getting out of the Marussia. He displayed very strong consistency and managed to achieve a 13th place finish.
But as the car has developed marginally for this year, Bianchi has again made the most of the machinery he is restricted to and made history by scoring Marussia's first ever Formula One points with a ninth place finish in the Monaco Grand Prix..
Bianchi has always displayed competitive speed and promised potential right the way through his motorsport career. He is a French Formula Renault 2.0 and European Formula Three champion, while he has also taken victories in both the Formula Renault 3.5 category and the GP2 series.
It would seem he is being groomed for a future Ferrari drive but it is all about timing and patience. I would say that it is not too early for Bianchi to join the Ferrari team in terms of ability but at this current moment it would be a bold move to bring him in with Ferrari struggling and under pressure.
If a world champion like Kimi Raikkonen can only accumulate 27 points for the season then it is a big ask to say to Bianchi to achieve stronger results. But that is not to say that he wouldn't.
Ideally for Ferrari they would like to keep Bianchi driving for one more year, preferably in a faster car than the Marussia, then bring him in when Raikkonen's contract expires. But Sauber are the only other realistic Ferrari powered alternative and they are no faster than Marussia currently with zero constructors' points.
So it seems likely that he will stay with Marussia where his work is not going unnoticed and as long as Ferrari's new Team Principal Marco Mattiacci does not decide to attract a more established name for big money, Bianchi will get his chance soon enough. And I am excited to see how he performs.
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