Jules Bianchi could be set to move away from Marussia for the 2014 F1 season, with Ferrari reported to be eager to see the Frenchman racing with a team higher up the grid.
Bianchi, a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy, has impressed with Marussia this season having joined the Anglo-Russian squad on the eve of the new campaign.
Marussia boss John Booth has already said he is keen to try and keep hold of Bianchi for next year, but the 24-year-old's manager Nicolas Todt has now suggested that a move could be in the pipeline for the new season.
Quoted as speaking to F1i
, Todt revealed that Ferrari is eager to see what Bianchi can do with a bigger team ahead of a possible race seat with the Scuderia
"Despite the fact that he is with a small team, it would be fair to say that Jules has already made a name for himself in Formula One,” Todt, son of the FIA president Jean, said. "Others have rarely managed to achieve this.
"Ferrari is closely watching the results as they want him to pursue his career in one of the teams in the middle group, before joining the Scuderia
Sauber are the most likely option for Bianchi if he were to make the move to a midfield team, with the Swiss squad set to extend its Ferrari engine deal
into the 2014 season.