Jules Bianchi has revealed that he would be more than happy to remain with Marussia in 2014 despite turning heads with a string of excellent performances this season. However, the Frenchman did admit that he could not say no to an offer from Ferrari should the Italian team elect to drop Felipe Massa.
Bianchi is a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy which looks to nurture and develop future world champions for the Italian team, but he joined Marussia in a last-minute deal at the beginning of the season after Luiz Razia’s financial backing collapsed. Since then, the ties between Ferrari and Marussia have strengthened with the Anglo-Russian team set to use Ferrari engines in 2014. Bianchi would have no problem staying on at the team next season, although he was reluctant to jump to any conclusions.
“Frankly, it’s too early to talk about it,” he told French newspaper Nice-Matin. “We will analyze the possibilities after the season. I do not forget that with Marussia I was given the chance to make my grand prix debut.
“If I stay in this team next year, it will be in good faith – that’s all I can say.”
However, with rumors surrounding Felipe Massa’s future beginning to intensify once again, Bianchi could be an outsider for the second Ferrari seat despite only starting ten grands prix. Although he was unsure of the Italian team’s plans, Bianchi did concede that he could not say no to any potential advances.
“I don’t know what Ferrari’s plans are. If the team ever turns to me, it is because, in their opinion, I am ready to go to Maranello. We’ll see.
“Maybe I will be asked to join the team this winter. Of course, I will not say no! If not, and I spend another season with Marussia, or go to another team to gain more experience, that is also a good option.”
Bianchi’s 13th place finish at the Malaysian Grand Prix currently gives Marussia the edge over Caterham in the constructors’ championship despite the team failing to match the pace of their fellow minnows in recent races.