Fans and media complain ad nauseum about how Formula 1 is so riddled with politics that it has ruined the enjoyment of the sport.
But you have to admire that the biggest dog in F-1 — Ferrari — has no problem putting its brand of politicking right out there for everyone to see.
This week at Ferrari’s media event at Madonna di Campiglio, team boss Stefano Domenicali, blatantly called on Force India to hire Jules Bianchi for its second seat beside Paul di Resta for the upcoming world championship season.
You see Bianchi — a 23-year-old Frenchman — has been part of Ferrari’s driving academy for the past two seasons and was loaned to Force India last season as a test driver.
Now Domenicali would like to see how Bianchi has progressed, preferably in an F-1 team. Ferrari, however, already has got its team set with Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa as well as test drivers Pedro de la Rosa, Davide Rigon and Marc Gené waiting in the wings.
So Domenicali thinks he can use Force India as a proving ground for Bianchi.
“Jules is part of our Driver Academy, and we are trying to find a solution for him,” the Ferrari boss said. “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.”
An interesting aspect of all this is that Force India’s customer engine deal with Mercedes expires at the end of 2013 and guess who will be there to offer the outfit powerplants for 2014 — Ferrari of course.
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