Jules Bianchi was destined for great things in Formula 1.
Speaking to Sky Sports News HQ, Martin Brundle, a former driver and current commentator, believed that the Frenchman would not only have moved onto a bigger team and but also won races for them.
It is widely thought that Bianchi, who was a Ferrari test driver, would have turned out for the Italian manufacturer later in his career.
Brundle paid tribute to Bianchi during the interview.
“He was a super talent and a lovely kid. He was a very warm personality, and he had a great future ahead of him in Formula 1,” said Brundle.
“His life was cut way too short and it’s just very sad and seems such a waste of his talent. The potential was enormous. There isn’t any doubt he would have ended up in a front-running car – probably at Ferrari – and race victories I would say were certain.”
Bianchi’s talent had been in evidence throughout his career. He managed a creditable 13th place finish in only his second ever race.
He also famously scored points for Marussia at the 2014 Monaco Grand Prix. After starting in 19th place on the grid, Bianchi fought his way through the field to finish in eighth place on the notoriously difficult street circuit.
Although demoted to ninth after a post-race time penalty, he had driven the race of his life.
When asked whether Bianchi was a future World Champion, Brundle had this to say.
“World championships? Who knows, that’s a tough one, but there’s no doubt where he was heading in terms of his ultimate potential in a racing car.”
The Formula 1 world do not only remember the racing driver, however. They also remember the fact that Bianchi, above all else, was a friendly, likeable person that just loved to race.
“He was very open and a very likeable lad. He was just a born racer. He loved his racing and lived to race,” said Brundle.
“It’s interesting to me that his former team-mates and his rivals in the junior categories all had a very special feeling towards him and had a great rapport with him, which tells you an awful lot. He didn’t make enemies on his way through – he won on talent alone.”