F1 hopeful Jules Bianchi has revealed that he is hoping to remain a part of the Ferrari stable even if he lands a test and reserve role somewhere else on the F1 grid.
The highly-rated Frenchman has been linked to the vacant third seat at Force India for 2012, but has yet to be officially confirmed as the back-up to Paul di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg, who used the same seat to good effect in landing full-time rides in the top flight.
Bianchi has been a part of Ferrari's 'junior' programme for the past two seasons, but is aware that his chances of running with the team during Friday practice at each grand prix remains limited, with Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa give every opportunity to hone their cars. Instead, the 22-year old hopes to be able to broaden his F1 experience elsewhere, knowing that he could end up being bypassed in the queue to break into the top flight in the next couple of years.
“I will try to play an important role in F1 in order to gather as much information and experience as I can and get a cockpit in 2013," Bianchi told French radio station RCM
, "The goal is to find a team that allows me to gain the most mileage, but allows me to still stay with Ferrari.”
The Frenchman, who is managed by Nicolas Todt, has not ruled out a return to GP2 but, having spent two years in the feeder series, is keen to concentrate on a full-time role in F1. The ART team with which he plied his trade and took a solitary win, has filled its seats with Sauber reserve Esteban Gutierrez and GP3 Series runner-up James Calado for 2012.
“I feel ready for F1 in 2012, but I must stay [with my feet] on the ground," he continued, "It's a little hard, but that's what F1 is like. I will not give up and will try for a fresh start in 2013.”