Bianchi admits F1 future is uncertain

Jules Bianchi

Jules Bianchi admits he does not know where he will be driving next year despite his growing reputation in Formula 1.

The Frenchman has been one of the star performers of the current campaign, scoring the Marussia team's maiden points in Monaco and progressing to the second phase of qualifying on three occasions.

This has led to speculation that the 25-year-old, a long-time member of Ferrari's driver academy, could be promoted to the senior squad. However, with team boss Marco Mattiacci confirming that both Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen would remain in situ next season, that appears to be off the cards.

This has been echoed by Ferrari's new president, Sergio Marchionne, who told the Spanish press: "They (Alonso and Raikkonen) will continue with us, because they are two very strong drivers at the heart of our project - two world champions. We just have to give them a car to match their talent and they will be at the top again, no doubt."

Bianchi is thus likely to remain at the Ferrari-powered Marussia outfit for a third season. However, money troubles at the Anglo-Russian squad could yet force them to drop him in favour of a paying driver. Bianchi does not bring money for his seat, though Ferrari are likely to be offering some compensation for his place at the team.

"I have no idea where I will be next year," Bianchi is quoted as telling the Russian edition of Autosport.

"I would like to have clarity, but at the moment I don't know anything for sure.

"We are trying to find the best option for next year, but right now I just want to focus on the remaining races of the season."

Aside from Marussia, Bianchi's options appear to be few and far between, primarily due to his lack of funding. Ferrari's other customer team, Sauber, could have a vacancy, but the Swiss outfit have money worries of their own and are likely to need a genuine pay driver.

Indeed, with so few 'paying' drives available, Bianchi could face a year on the sidelines if Marussia are forced to accept money over talent.