Bianchi – I have to prove to Ferrari that I’m ready
Jules Bianchi says he cannot rest on his laurels if he is to prove himself worthy of a full-time Ferrari drive in the future.
Bianchi, who joined the Ferrari Driver Academy in 2009, stood in at the Scuderia on Wednesday for Kimi Raikkonen, the Finn rested following his violent accident on the opening lap of Sunday’s British Grand Prix.
The Marussia racer, who scored his first points in Formula One with ninth at this year’s Monaco Grand Prix, maintains that he must make the most of the opportunities presented to him, for instance his day testing with Ferrari, if he is to prove himself ready to make the step up to the Scuderia.
“At the moment I know that it is not the plan for the next year because they have a plan for their drivers,” the Frenchman told reporters following the conclusion of Wednesday’s test. “So I will just focus on what I have to do which is Marussia at the moment and try to get good results.
“We have shown that when we get the opportunity we can get good results at Marussia too and I think it is really important for me to keep going like this and one day if they want me I will be ready.
“Considering I am part of the Academy I think that is the target one day so I have to show them that I am ready in any case, but at the moment they have two drivers who are doing a good job so I don’t think it is the plan.”
Bianchi admitted he was pleased with his days work, but denied any notion that his run on Wednesday had been a trial.
“I think I have shown the team that I can work well and be quick, but again it was a day of testing and it was not the target to compare me with other drivers,” he added. “The target was just to improve the car and help the team and I think I have done my job with that.
“I think I was consistent and doing good lap times,” noted the 24-year-old. “Obviously the track is always different so it’s quite difficult to compare everything but it’s always good to do some good lap times and be consistent so I’m pretty happy with today.”
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