Ferrari boss prepared to invest in Bianchi
4 October, 2011
Oct.4 (PVM) Jules Bianchi is highly rated by Ferrari, so much so that team principal Stefano Domenicali is determined to invest in future development of the young Frenchman which could see him end up us Force India reserve driver in 2012.
Domenicali told AutoBild, “Bianchi is a great talent and has had a positive season in GP2, but he needs to grow and gain Formula 1 experience next season.”
22 year old Bianchi, who is managed by Felipe Massa’s manager Nicolas Todt, finished third in the GP2 Series championship in the 2010 and again this year. He had an impressive junior career winning the 2007 French Formula Renault 2.0 and 2009 Formula Three Euroseries.
Recent reports have linked Bianchi, who has been part of the Ferrari driver Academy, to the Force India reserve role for next year, replacing Nico Hulkenberg who will either be out of a drive or promoted to a race seat within the team in place of Adrian Sutil.
Domenicali added, “I can’t say now where he will be in the future, but certainly we want to invest in him, because we believe in him.”