Ferrari pleased with Bianchi performance
1 August 2013 – Luca Baldisserri, head of the Ferrari Driver Academy, has expressed satisfaction over Jules Bianchi's performances during the first half of his maiden Formula 1 season.
Having missed out on a Force India seat for the 2013 campaign, Bianchi was drafted in to replace the cash-strapped Luiz Razia at Marussia, where he has outqualified and outraced team-mate Max Chilton on every occasion that the pair have finished.
And assessing the Frenchman's graduation to the top echelon thus far, Baldisserri believes he has made significant progress both on and off the track.
"Jules has completed the move to Formula 1 without any problems," explained Baldisserri. "He has become the benchmark driver for the team, gaining its confidence at the track. I consider it a fundamental move, especially in Formula 1. Recently we spent a bit of time together in Maranello to assess the situation. We will continue to concentrate on stress management, an aspect where he has already made great progress, even if there is still room for improvement."
He added: "Clearly, currently Jules is not in a situation where he can fight in the mid-field and for the future, it will be important to know if his presence in Formula 1 will have some continuity and in that case, what could be the potential of his team."
Bianchi has been a member of Ferrari's driver programme since December 2009.