2013 Rookies: Jules Bianchi

Bianchi joins Marussia as a driver for the 2013 season after the team terminated its contract with Luiz Razia.

The Frenchman took part in eight free practice sessions for Force India in 2012 with a best finish of 13th fastest time in Korea FP1.

Bianchi failed to beat either Paul di Resta or Nico Hulkenberg during the free practice sessions consistently being one second slower.

Despite not having impressed greatly with his performances his Ferrari backing helped to secure him a race seat for 2013.

The 23-year-old began his career in the French Formula Renault 2.o series finishing first in 2007. In 2008 he moved to the Formula 3 Euro series where he achieved third in the championship with two race wins and seven podiums.

Bianchi remained in the Formula 3 Euro Series in 2009 winning the championship and taking part in the GP2 Asia series. 2010 saw him join the GP2 series where he finished third for two consecutive years.

In 2012 he switched to Formula Renault 3.5 Series where he came second in the championship with three race wins and eight podiums.

Comparing Bianchi to the other rookie drivers he has had consistent results but has failed to dominate the GP2 series. He may struggle to adjust to F1 and whilst he has potential talent he is only at a backmarker team and cannot truly show his ability.

Teammate battle: Expect Bianchi to be evenly matched with Chilton and have the advantage as the season finishes.


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