SET TO JOIN FERRARI: Jules Bianchi waves to fans before his horrific crash at the 2014 Japanese GP. Bianchi was set to join Ferrari in the near future, reveals outgoing Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo. Image: AP/ Shizuo Kambayashi
MARANELLO, Italy - Jules Bianchi was on course for a future wearing Ferrari red - and perhaps as soon as 2015.
That's the claim of outgoing Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo, who told Italian news media at the Genoa Boat Show on Monday (Oct 6) that he was "very sad" to know the team's leading 'academy' driver was fighting for his life in a Japanese hospital.
Montezemolo was quoted as saying: "This boy was born with us. We thought of him as our driver of the future."
THIRD FERRARI SEAT
Bianchi was driving for Ferrari-powered Marussia when he tragically slammed under a recovery vehicle during the rain-affected 2014 Japanese GP.
Montezemolo said he had a definite future at Maranello: "If - as I think we will have to - we line up with three cars in 2015, we thought of him for the third car and he would have been perfect for the coming years.
"I just hope we have some good news soon. Unfortunately, we always talk about these things with the benefit of hindsight, but we do have to think of what happened if something did not work at Suzuka.
"If there was something wrong we have to change. It was a very special race with little visibility at 3pm and plenty of water. We had other races in the conditions and nothing happened.
"The important thing is to understand the reason - and to prevent ithappening again."