October 4, 2013
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Jules Bianchi will continue to drive for the Marussia team in the 2014 season, the team confirmed today.
The Frenchman was tipped to be in contention for a Force India or Sauber drive, but has instead opted to stay put. He is only the second Marussia/Virgin driver not to be dropped in their first year since the team was formed in 2010.
He remains part of the Ferrari development programme, and seeing as Marussia will switch to Ferrari engines next year, Bianchi staying on board seemed to be a done deal.
Jules today praised the team, and stated he was hopeful for improvements into 2014:
"I couldn’t have wished for a more supportive environment in which to make my F1
debut and from the very beginning I have always felt completely at home with the team.
We started the season very well and while the challenge has increased as the season
has developed, we have learned important lessons together that will place us in a
much stronger position next year when there are a lot of changes for the sport and
the team to get used to."