Bianchi sets sights on 2013 berth

Ferrari test driver Jules Bianchi admits it will be frustrating to spend another season on the F1 sidelines but believes his chance will come.

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The Frenchman took over the role of Ferrari test and reserve driver last season having had his first outing for the Maranello marque at the 2009 young driver test.

However, while impressing in testing and also in the GP2 series, in which he finished third in both 2010 and 2011, a place on the F1 grid has not opened up for the 22-year-old.

Nevertheless, having seemingly missed out on a spot this season grid, Bianchi already has his sights set on the 2013 season.

"I will continue to try getting as much information as possible out of F1 and garner as much experience as possible to earn a race drive in 2013," he told French radio station RMC.

"I felt ready for 2012 but I have remained on the sidelines - it's a bit hard to take but that is the way F1 is. I won't give in and will try to do it in 2013. The aim will be to find a team which can give me the most mileage on-track, while staying associated with Ferrari."

Countrymen Jean-Éric Vergne and Charles Pic have jumped ahead of Bianchi in getting F1 drives, with the duo set to race for Toro Rosso and Marussia respectively.

Meanwhile, Romain Grosjean returns to the Lotus (formerly Renault) team after winning last year's GP2 title.

While this is an obvious source of frustration for Bianchi, the Nice native is confident his chance will come.

"You have to be patient," he told Varmatin.

"My manager (Nicolas Todt) is working to get me a spot, but now places are expensive. It's complicated to get a drive.

"Everyone has different career pathways, those drivers are members of teams that have more cars in F1 and this makes things easier. This is not my case. I'm at Ferrari as test driver and that is not without its disadvantages.

"But I must be patient and I trust Nicolas Todt to find a good solution."



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