Bianchi – a member of the Ferrari driver academy – has so far impressed in his debut season despite regularly scrapping at the back of the pack. He has out-qualified and out-raced team-mate Max Chilton despite joining the team just weeks prior to the 2013 season-opener.
It was a late move to the team for the Frenchman after he lost out on a seat at Force India. He was drafted in at the 11th hour to replace sponsor-troubled Luiz Razia.
Marussia boss John Booth has admitted to being keen to retain Bianchi for 2014, with the 24-year-old also admitting to RichlandF1 that he would be happy to remain at the Banbury based squad. However his manager Nicolas Todt – son of FIA president Jean Todt – has suggested that a move to a midfield team could be on the cards.
Speaking to F1i, Todt revealed that Ferrari are eager to get Bianchi driving for a team higher up the grid before joining the Scuderia in the future.
He said: “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. 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 looks to be the most obvious option for Bianchi if he makes the midfield move, with the Swiss squad looking set to extend its Ferrari engine deal.
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