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Bianchi linked with 'middle group' move

Jules Bianchi could move to a team in the middle group of the F1 field according to manager Nicolas Todt
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 in future.

"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 one day.”

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.

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24.08.2013- Qualifying, Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR02 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W04
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08.10.2015 - Maurizio Arrivabene (ITA) Ferrari Team Principal
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August 28, 2013 7:52 PM

"In another two years Ferrari will say he is too old for a seat." You're kidding. When have Ferrari ever been known to tell someone they're "too old" to race their cars? If anything, historically they've leant towards seasoned racers rather than taking risks on youngsters.


August 28, 2013 3:57 PM

Well he clearly has had the better of Chilton this year and by some margin, but I guess then the question is how much of that is because he is a good driver and how much is that because Chilton blows. I have to say I'm positively surprised by Bianchi this year...I thought previously that while quick, he was a bit of a crashkid and inconsistent. Also these last couple of years before his F1 chance while always being in good teams and among the favourites he never quite managed to take the title in GP2 or WSBR and he moaned a bit too much IMO, particularly in the light of some of his own antics on track. But yeah, now I'd say he deserves a chance at a team capable of scoring points and see how he fares there.

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