Jules Bianchi is a French racing driver, who currently drives for Marussia Formula One team.
In August 2009, Bianchi was linked by the BBC and various other media sources to the second Ferrari Formula One seat occupied by Luca Badoer during Felipe Massa's absence.
Bianchi tested for Ferrari at the young drivers test at Circuito de Jerez for two of the three days, over December 1–2, 2009.
This allowed for Ferrari to test Daniel Zampieri, Marco Zipoli and Pablo Sánchez López on 3 December, as they finished in the top three of the 2009 Italian Formula Three Championship.
Bianchi's performance on day one of the test led to him being signed by Scuderia Ferrari as a young driver along with Daniel Zampieri, Mirko Bortolotti and Raffaele Marciello.
On 11 November 2010 he was confirmed by Ferrari as the team's test and reserve driver for the 2011 season, replacing Luca Badoer, Giancarlo Fisichellaand Marc Gené, as well as confirming he would test for the team during the young driver test in Abu Dhabi over 16–17 November.
On 13 September 2011, Bianchi tested for Ferrari as part of the Ferrari Driver Academy, with fellow academy member and Sauber F1 driver Sergio Pérez.
For the 2012 season, Ferrari loaned him to the Force India team, for whom he drove in nine Friday free practice sessions over the course of the year as the outfit's test and reserve driver.
On 1 March 2013, Marussia announced that Bianchi was to replace Luiz Razia as a race driver after Razia's contract was terminated, due to sponsorship issues.
Bianchi qualified 19th for the Australian Grand Prix, out-qualifying team-mate Max Chilton by three-quarters of a second. Bianchi overtook Pastor Maldonado, and Daniel Ricciardo on the first lap and he eventually finished 15th on his debut