Ferrari pushing to get Jules Bianchi a race seat in F1 in 2013

Ferrari is still pushing to help secure its young driver Jules Bianchi a race seat in Formula 1 this year, as Force India continues to stall on its decision

Ferrari pushing to get Jules Bianchi a race seat in F1 in 2013

Bianchi is believed to be going up against Adrian Sutil for the second seat at Force India alongside Paul di Resta, but the team remains undecided on its plans.

The Frenchman was Force India's third driver last year and a possible promotion to a race seat has been linked with the possibility of the Silverstone-based outfit switching to Ferrari engines from 2014.

Although Force India has remained silent on its plans, Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali said at his team's Wrooom media event at Madonna di Campiglio on Wednesday that his outfit was still working on landing Bianchi a race seat.

"Jules is part of our Driver Academy, and we are trying to find a solution for him," explained Domenicali.

"Last year he was the third driver of Force India, and we are trying to find a solution so he can grow and show his worth. But I have no further information."

Force India is scheduled to launch its new car on February 1, and di Resta has already had his seat fitting.

The team's customer engine contract with Mercedes-Benz comes to an end this year, and it is considering its options for the move to new 1.6-litre V6 turbo power-units for 2014.

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