Jules Bianchi believes that he would have no problem slotting into the Ferrari line-up should an opening arise for next season.

The Frenchman, who opened his F1 points account with ninth place in this year's Monaco Grand Prix, has turned in consistently strong performances for Marussia over the past two seasons and, with the advantage of being a long-time member of Ferrari's young driver scheme, is among the leading suggestions as replacement for either Fernando Alonso or Kimi Raikkonen should either move on for 2015.

While both drivers remain under contract to the Scuderia for at least another year, the F1 rumour mill has claimed that both could be on the move ahead of next season, with four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel amongst the other names being linked with a move to Maranello.

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"Of course I feel ready [to go to Ferrari]," Bianchi maintained, "I've been working for that since I've been in the Academy from the end of 2009, so now that I've done two seasons in F1, I think I've got good experience and am ready to step up.

"It looks like the logical step for me and if something happens like this... obviously, at the moment, both drivers have a contract so it's not a question but, if there is an opportunity, I think it will be very good for me."

Vettel, meanwhile, played down the repeated claim that he could be headed for Italy next season.

"There are a lot of rumours, especially around this time of season, but it's not really in my head," he insisted, "Coming off the back of Singapore, [Red Bull] have made some progress and I hope we can carry that momentum into this race. That is really where the focus lies."