Marussia have confirmed Jules Bianchi will continue to drive for them in 2014.
The Ferrari development driver made his debut for the team this season. Marussia will use Ferrari engines next year.
“I couldn?óÔé¼Ôäót 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.”
Bianchi was an 11th-hour hiring for the team this season after Luiz Razia’s financial backing failed to come through.
Team principal John Booth praised the job Bianchi had done with limited preparation: “Jules joined us at very short notice at the end of pre-season testing, with only two days of running under his belt.”
“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 line-up will be important in helping us to navigate the transition. We look forward to confirming our full race driver line-up later in the season.”
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