By FOX Sports Staff
Bianchi nearly missed out on the season as Force India snapped up former driver Adrian Sutil but Marussia came calling right before testing at Barcelona.
"It was all really quick. I didn't expect that, so it was a big surprise and I am really pleased. On that Wednesday I was really down, so it was a big difference and in the end, the good news is I am in F1," the former Force India test driver told Sky Sports.
And he has impressed at point-less Marussia, finishing as high as 13th, ahead of the likes of Max Chilton, Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde.
The 23-year-old's potential is highly valued at the Ferrari Academy - he has finished third in two GP2 Series seasons - and the youngster has continued ties with the Italian marque for a fifth straight year.
The fact that Sergio Perez graduated from the organisation to secure a seat with McLaren should also give the ex-Tech 1 driver reason for optimism.
But he insisted that he is in no rush to grab the attention of the decision-makers at Maranello.
"I am still speaking to Ferrari as I am still part of their Driver Academy, so for sure they look at what I am doing," he continued. "But, I don't want to put any extra pressure - I am with Marussia now, I want to do a good job for them and then we will see what happens."
"I will try to gain more experience by finishing every race I can.
"I need to stay at this level first of all and improve. We will see next year what happens, but I would be pleased to stay with Marussia next year again."
Joining Ferrari, though, does remain a dream for the 2009 Formula 3 Euro Series champion.
"I think every driver when you are in Formula 1, you are one of the best drivers in the world, so you can jump into a top team like Ferrari."
Only team-mate Max Chilton and Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez are younger than the Frenchman in the 2013 roster.