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.”