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F1: Bianchi not expecting Ferrari call-up

Jules Bianchi's F1 form hints at better things, but the Frenchman is not expecting Ferrari to coming knocking for next season.
Jules Bianchi has played down suggestions he could be called up to replace Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari in 2015 as rumours over the former champion's future in the team continue to swirl.

Raikkonen, who this season returned to the Ferrari team he won the 2007 title with, has endured a dismal 2014 campaign thus far, having been comprehensively out-performed by team-mate Fernando Alonso, while he is yet to finish a race higher than sixth.

Currently languishing 12th in the overall standings, though Raikkonen penned a two-year contract with Ferrari and has already hinted that the 2015 season will be his last in F1, his struggles have raised speculation that he could exit earlier than planned.

Should this occur, Ferrari development driver Bianchi – who deputised for the injured Raikkonen in testing at Silverstone recently - has been identified as a potential replacement. However, the Frenchman remains convinced both Ferrari and Raikkonen will honour their contracts for 2015.

“They have a contract with both drivers for next year and I don't think they will change that,” he told Crash.net. “What I need to do is keep focusing on my job with Marussia and do the best job that I can.”

In the midst of his second season with Marussia, Bianchi remains hopeful he will be paired with a team that can regularly score points in 2015, adding that Marussia has the potential to be that team.

“I want to be in a place where I can fight for points,” he continued. “It can be here because if some people invest in this team then for sure we can do a much better job and be quicker. We are doing a great job with what we have at the moment, but with more money we can be more competitive. I am Ferrari's driver, so it is in their interest to put me in a better place.”

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August 15, 2014 12:33 PM

Weird idea, but perhaps it would be better if Ferrari focusses on their POS car, instead of their drivers. Everyone with half a brain knows they have 2 drivers that have the potential and ability to deliver if they give them a proper car. There is absolutely no reason at all to add yet another variable in the mix by replacing drivers that know the team and can tell the difference between old and new and can tell them if they are heading in the right direction.


August 14, 2014 2:41 PM

Would love to see Bianchi get a seat at Sauber next year, I think that would be perfect for him and for them aswell. He could replace either of their current drivers to be honest. If I was Sauber though I'd probably show Sutil the door, simply because he'll have reached his full potential and also because of the money of course. Gutierrez is just as good (bad?), brings more money to the table and may still have a little bit of untapped potential in him. Oh and yeah, unlike Sutil he seems like a pretty nice guy too.

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