Bianchi has 'real chance' of Force India seat
20 December 2012 – Jules Bianchi 'has a real chance' of securing a race seat at Force India for the 2013 Formula 1 campaign, according to manager Nicolas Todt. The Ferrari protege, who finished runner-up to Robin Frijns in this year's Formula Renault 3.5 championship, made a total of nine practice outings for the team throughout the 2012 season.
"The decision is in the hands of two or three people in the Force India team," Todt, who also manages Ferrari driver Felipe Massa, explained to RMC Sport. "I think Jules has a real chance but nothing is signed.
"There are many drivers who are knocking on the door at Force India. Jules is one of these drivers and the goal is to get the seat for next season."
Adrian Sutil, Jaime Alguersuari and Sébastien Buemi are the other leading candidates for the Force India drive, with Paul di Resta almost certain to be retained.