Bianchi expects bigger F1 role in 2012

Jules Bianchi (FRA) Ferrari with the Engineers. Formula One Testing, Day One, Abu Dhabi Young Driver Test, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Tuesday 15 November 2011.
Jules Bianchi

Jan.4 (GMM) Young highly rated Frenchman Jules Bianchi has admitted a Formula 1 race seat at Sauber this year would have been a logical step for his motor racing career.

Nevertheless, Bianchi admitted to RMC radio that he is likely to play “an important role” in the paddock this season in order to push for his race debut in 2013.

Multiple sources are reporting that the reserve seat at Force India, occupied by Nico Rosberg in 2011, is the 22-year-old’s likely destination.

“The goal is to find a team that allows me the most mileage and (at the same time) I can still stay with Ferrari,” GP2 driver Bianchi, a Ferrari development driver, said.

“I feel ready for F1 already in 2012, but I must stay on the ground. It’s a little hard, but that’s what formula one is like.”

The Swiss team Sauber is powered by Ferrari and, prior to Felipe Massa’s Ferrari debut in 2006, it gave the Brazilian a race seat.

“It wasn’t possible to be at Sauber,” insisted Bianchi, “as Perez and Kobayashi are signed up for a while.

“It would have been a very good opportunity but it wasn’t to be,” he added.