Alonso praises points-scoring Bianchi

By on Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Marussia F1 Team

Marussia F1 Team

Double world champion Fernando Alonso has praised Jules Bianchi after the French racer finished in the top 10 at last weekend's Monaco Grand Prix.

Bianchi, a member of Ferrari's Driver Academy, finished the race in ninth place to collect not only his first Formula 1 points, but the first for Marussia in over four years of competition.

Alonso believes that Bianchi is on course for a great career in Formula 1.

"We spend a lot of time together in Maranello, we play football, we go cycling, we travel together on the same plane for some races," Alonso told Reuters.

"He's a friend and I'm extremely happy for him and very proud of what his result will mean for him in his career. I have no doubt it will be a good career."

"Hopefully with this result he can have a more competitive car next year and show his talent even more."

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