Jules Bianchi has a 'real chance' of securing a race drive with Force India in F1 2013, his manager has said.

Bianchi has been test and reserve driver for the Silverstone-based team this year alongside his work as part of Ferrari's Young Driver Programme and a racing programme in the World Series by Renault, and is one of a number of drivers said to be in consideration for the seat alongside Paul di Resta.

"The decision is in the hands of two or three people at the Force India F1 team," his manager, Nicolas Todt told RMC Sport. "I think Jules has a real chance but nothing is done. As of today I do not think anyone has signed.

"There are many drivers knocking on the door at Force India. Jules is one of those in contention and the aim is to get a race seat for 2013."

Others being evaluated include former Force India driver Adrian Sutil, ex-Toro Rosso man Jaime Alguersuari, as well as possibly Bruno Senna and Heikki Kovalainen.