F1 »

Ferrari trying to find Bianchi F1 role

Ferrari has confirmed that it is pushing Jules Bianchi's cause, hoping to find the Frenchman a seat for the 2013 season.
Ferrari has confirmed that it is pushing to find reserve driver Jules Bianchi a more permanent role in the top flight.

Having added Pedro de la Rosa to its testing strength, the Scuderia can afford to back the Frenchman's bid to land a race seat, following a year in which it loaned him to Force India to act as its test and reserve behind Paul di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg. Bianchi subsequently topped the times for botgh teams over two days of testing at the end of the season, but has yet to be confirmed for either of the remaining openings on the 2013 grid.

“Regarding [Bianchi], who is also part of the Ferrari Development Academy, we are currently trying to find him a role in F1 and, when we have some news, we will let you know,” team principal Stefano Domenicali told the media on the opening day of the Scuderia's Wroom media event.

Bianchi's chances of partnering di Resta at Force India this season appear to rest on the team deciding whether or not to rehire Adrian Sutil, who was the Scot's team-mate during his rookie year in 2011. The German was dropped in favour of Hulkenberg following his well-publicised nightclub altercation with Genii's Eric Lux, but is free to resume his career in 2013 – and, perhaps more importantly, is thought to be able to bring greater financial backing to the team.

"I am waiting," Bianchi told RMC Sport at the weekend, "It has been quite a hard winter this time because I haven't known what I am doing. We have a chance, and it's a good one, but we'll wait and see what Force India will decide."

Bianchi finished as runner-up to Robin Frijns in the 2012 World Series by Renault.



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Free Practice 1: Jules Bianchi (FRA), Test Driver, Sahara Force India Formula One Team VJM05
Free Practice 1: Jules Bianchi (FRA), Test Driver, Sahara Force India Formula One Team VJM05
Free Practice 1: Jules Bianchi (FRA), Test Driver, Sahara Force India Formula One Team VJM05
Jules Bianchi (FRA), test driver, Scuderia Ferrari  13.09.2012. Formula One Young Drivers Test, Day 3, Magny-Cours, France. - www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com - copy of publication required for printed pictures. Every used picture is fee-liable. © Copyright: Charniaux / XPB Images
Jules Bianchi (FRA), test driver, Scuderia Ferrari  13.09.2012. Formula One Young Drivers Test, Day 3, Magny-Cours, France.
Jules Bianchi (FRA), test driver, Scuderia Ferrari  13.09.2012. Formula One Young Drivers Test, Day 3, Magny-Cours, France. - www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com - copy of publication required for printed pictures. Every used picture is fee-liable. © Copyright: Charniaux / XPB Images
24.08.2014- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
24.08.2014- Race, 1st position Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10, 2nd position Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 and 3rd position Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36 with Adrian Newey (GBR), Red Bull Racing , Technical Operations Director
24.08.2014- Race, 1st position Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10, 2nd position Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 and 3rd position Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36 with Adrian Newey (GBR), Red Bull Racing , Technical Operations Director
24.08.2014- Race, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07 and Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR03
24.08.2014- Race, Kevin Magnussen (DEN) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29 and Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
24.08.2014- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
24.08.2014- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
24.08.2014- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
24.08.2014- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
24.08.2014- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
24.08.2014- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
24.08.2014- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T and Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.