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Bianchi downplays Ferrari chance

Thursday 10th July 2014

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Bianchi downplays Ferrari chance

Bianchi downplays Ferrari chance

Having impressed in testing, Jules Bianchi has reiterated his dream of racing for Ferrari but concedes it is "not the plan" for next year.

The Ferrari young driver put in the laps in an F14T at Silverstone on Wednesday, filling in for Kimi Raikkonen, who was left bruised after crashing out of Sunday's grand prix.

Bianchi completed 89 laps with a best time of 1:35.262, which put him top of the timesheets by 0.282s ahead of Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat.

It was a good day for the Marussia driver and a good audition for a possible Ferrari race-seat.

However, Bianchi admits it is unlikely that he will step up next season as the Scuderia "plan" to retain both Fernando Alonso and Raikkonen.

"At the moment I know that it is not the plan for the next year because they have a plan for their drivers," he told reporters at the British track.

"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.

"Obviously 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."

The Frenchman, though, was nonetheless happy with his day's work, confident that he has shown Ferrari what he is capable of.

"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. The target was just to improve the car and help the team and I think I have done my job with that.

"Obviously it is better to do a good job and do a good lap time. Obviously it is different as they were running in Practice Two, the wind was different and you cannot compare, but it is always good to get a good lap time."

Bianchi scored his maiden F1 points earlier this season when he finished the Monaco Grand Prix in ninth place.

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