Marussia Confirms That Bianchi Will Stay For 2014

of France and will return to his seat next year. (Photo: Getty Images)

Jules Bianchi will stay on at Marussia in 2014, the team confirmed Thursday.

The news comes as no great surprise given that Marussia will use a powertrain and gearbox package next year. The Frenchman is a protege of the Italian team and remains part of its Driver Academy.

“Jules joined us at very short notice at the end of preseason testing, with only two days of running under his belt,” said team boss John Booth. “He rose to the challenge of his debut season exceptionally well and since that time has clearly demonstrated his ability and potential. 2014 heralds a new era for the sport, and continuity and consistency of lineup will be important in helping us to navigate the transition.

“We look forward to confirming our full race driver lineup later in the season. Until then we have an important job to do to ensure we retain our 10th place in the Constructors’ Championship, and this is where our full focus will lie in the intervening period.”

“I couldn’t have wished for a more supportive environment in which to make my F1 debut and from the very beginning I have always felt completely at home with the team,” said Bianchi. “We started the season very well and while the challenge has increased as the season has developed, we have learned important lessons together that will place us in a much stronger position next year when there are a lot of changes for the sport and the team to get used to.

“I am very excited to be part of the team as we all enter this new era of F1 and I look forward to achieving some rewarding performances together. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Ferrari Driver Academy for their continued support for my career.”

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