Bianchi has real chance to secure 2013 Force India seat

(L to R): Nicolas Todt (FRA) Driver Manager and Jules Bianchi (FRA) Force India F1 team Third Driver. Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Chinese Grand Prix Practice, Shanghai, China, Friday 13 April 2012.Dec.19 (GMM) Frenchman Jules Bianchi has a real chance of securing one of the two remaining race seats on the 2013 grid with Force India – for whom he was reserve driverĀ  in 2012.

The 23-year-old’s manager Nicolas Todt told RMC Sport that Bianchi is in the running for the vacant Force India drive alongside Paul di Resta.

Bianchi, also supported by Ferrari‘s driver development academy, was the Silverstone based team’s full time reserve driver this year.

“The decision is in the hands of two or three people at the Force India team,” Todt, the son of FIA president Jean Todt and also the manager of Felipe Massa and Pastor Maldonado, said.

“I think Jules has a real chance but nothing is done,” added Todt.

It has been reported the favourite for the drive is German Adrian Sutil, but Todt insisted: “There are many drivers knocking on the door at Force India.”

He saidĀ that he doubts that Sutil is a shoe-in for the seat.

“I would be surprised, but as of today I do not think anyone has signed,” said Todt.

Force India has announced that it will launch its 2013 car at Silverstone on 1 February, ahead of the winter test season in Spain.

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  • The Pessimist

    Force India would be stupid to employ some one like Jules Bianchi who neither has the speed nor experience for the top job.