Announcing that Frenchman Bianchi will continue to enjoy Ferrari’s support in 2013, Domenicali was widely quoted as admitting that the Italian team is “trying to find him a role in Formula One”.
It is believed that Ferrari’s efforts could be linked to rumours that Force India is in talks about switching from Mercedes to Ferrari customer engine power.
“Last season,” Domenicali is now quoted by Finland’s MTV3 broadcaster, “Jules was Force India’s third driver.
“Now we are trying to find a solution for him in which he is able to grow and prove his worth.
“I cannot offer any more information,” he added at Ferrari’s annual winter media event at Madonna di Campiglio.
French F1 commentator Jean-Louis Moncet wrote on his Auto Plus column that the price for renting sixteen turbo V6 engines from an engine manufacturer in 2014 is “around 20 million euros” per team.
“Obviously,” he quoted a source, “there will be negotiations between each team and manufacturer about whether or not there will be [for example] a sponsorship agreement between them.” (GMM)
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