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Bianchi ‘ready’ to replace Raikkonen

Jules Bianchi says he feels ready to replace Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari if called upon to drive at the German Grand Prix
Jules Bianchi says he feels ready to replace Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari if called upon to drive at the German Grand Prix.

Raikkonen is skipping this week's in-season test at Silverstone following his heavy crash in the British Grand Prix, with Marussia driver Bianchi taking over at Ferrari on Wednesday. While Raikkonen is expected to be fully fit to drive at Hockenheim in just over a week's time, Bianchi said he would be ready for the opportunity if called upon.

“Of course,” Bianchi said. “In Formula One you have to be ready for everything. So at the moment I am racing for Marussia so I just want to do my job with them. We are happy with what we are doing at the moment so yeah, I feel ready.”

However, Bianchi has yet to be informed by Ferrari if he would be called up as a replacement should Raikkonen miss a race: “I don't know, you should ask them, not me.”

And Pedro de la Rosa – who tested for Ferrari on Tuesday – also said there were no plans in place as Ferrari fully expects Raikkonen to be fit.

“I don't know,” de la Rosa said when asked if he or Bianchi would drive. “It's the team's decision. I will do whatever, but Kimi will be there I'm sure.”




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