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Post by Milan655 on Wed Apr 17, 2013 2:55 pm

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/106823?source=mostpopular

Autosport wrote:Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali has hailed Marussia driver Jules Bianchi's "great" start to the season.

Bianchi is a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy and has test experience with the Scuderia stretching back to 2009.

In the first three races of the season, Bianchi has qualified and finished as the leading driver in the battle between Marussia and Caterham.

"I think he is having a great season," said Domenicali of Bianchi.

"The first three races, he has had incredible pace with due respect to the car he has.

"I'm very pleased for him because he has put in a lot of effort to improve and is part of our programme."

Domenicali believes that if Bianchi can keep up his current rate of progress, the Frenchman will have the chance to move to a bigger team in the future.

Bianchi is on a one-year deal with Marussia, meaning that he could emerge as a potential target for bigger teams having missed out on a Force India drive this year to Adrian Sutil.

"I hope he can keep [up] this pace because I'm sure he will show his potential not only with his team, but also in the future with other teams," Domenicali said.

Ferrari continues to monitor Bianchi in his capacity as an FDA member, although he has less direct involvement with the team than he did previously.

"I don't do any simulator work, but I still train sometimes with them at the training camp in Maranello," Bianchi told AUTOSPORT.

"They still look at me because I am a Ferrari driver.

"It's very important for me to do well and show that they made a good choice by trusting me."
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Re: Ferrari praise Bianchi

Post by RetrogradeRenegade on Wed Apr 17, 2013 4:32 pm

Not surprising, really. I had my doubts about Bianchi, after he was unable to secure a title in GP2 or FR3.5, but he has absolutely relished the challenge of that Marussia. I would not be surprised if he sneaks a point or two in a race with high attrition.
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Post by Milan655 on Wed Apr 17, 2013 4:56 pm

In all honesty, he deserved last years FR3.5 title, Robin Frijns ran him off track, and had Bianchi finished he might have scored the 4 points required.
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Post by Cynon on Wed Apr 17, 2013 5:57 pm

Milan655 wrote:In all honesty, he deserved last years FR3.5 title, Robin Frijns ran him off track, and had Bianchi finished he might have scored the 4 points required.

Yeah, I heard about that incident, but never really saw a video of it. Judging from how Frijns has acted as Sauber's 'reserve' driver, he's more of a spoiled brat than Paul di Resta.

To be honest, Bianchi has been pretty awesome in the Marussia. I've been keeping more tabs on the scoring at the back than the front in (except China) and Bianchi isn't that far off Williams and Toro Rosso, getting ahead of them at times during the race.

Will he score Marussia's first point? I'm going to say he will if there's enough insanity in one race and he keeps his head screwed on.

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Post by RetrogradeRenegade on Wed Apr 17, 2013 6:39 pm

Milan655 wrote:In all honesty, he deserved last years FR3.5 title, Robin Frijns ran him off track, and had Bianchi finished he might have scored the 4 points required.

That looked more like a racing incident to me, to be honest.

Cynon wrote:Judging from how Frijns has acted as Sauber's 'reserve' driver, he's more of a spoiled brat than Paul di Resta.

Has he? I haven't seen or heard anything from him this year.
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Post by Chives2112 on Wed Apr 17, 2013 7:05 pm

RetrogradeRenegade wrote:
Milan655 wrote:In all honesty, he deserved last years FR3.5 title, Robin Frijns ran him off track, and had Bianchi finished he might have scored the 4 points required.

That looked more like a racing incident to me, to be honest.

Cynon wrote:Judging from how Frijns has acted as Sauber's 'reserve' driver, he's more of a spoiled brat than Paul di Resta.

Has he? I haven't seen or heard anything from him this year.
I heard he was upset about not having any track time with Sauber. Apparently all he does there is the driving simulator. Then again, that story was from 2 or 3 months ago.
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Re: Ferrari praise Bianchi

Post by RetrogradeRenegade on Wed Apr 17, 2013 7:59 pm

Chives2112 wrote:
RetrogradeRenegade wrote:
Milan655 wrote:In all honesty, he deserved last years FR3.5 title, Robin Frijns ran him off track, and had Bianchi finished he might have scored the 4 points required.

That looked more like a racing incident to me, to be honest.

Cynon wrote:Judging from how Frijns has acted as Sauber's 'reserve' driver, he's more of a spoiled brat than Paul di Resta.

Has he? I haven't seen or heard anything from him this year.
I heard he was upset about not having any track time with Sauber. Apparently all he does there is the driving simulator. Then again, that story was from 2 or 3 months ago.
Well, he is the FR3.5 champion, I'dve thought they'd give him some free practice sessions at least. Especially given how well Gutierrez is getting on...
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