Jules Bianchi is staying at Marussia in 2014, the team announced on Thursday.
The Ferrari-backed Frenchman had been tipped for a move up the grid next year, perhaps to Ferrari-powered Sauber.
But Marussia team boss John Booth said in a media statement that keeping Bianchi, 24, on board for 2014 is a 'great pleasure'.
'He rose to the challenge of his debut season exceptionally well and since that time has clearly demonstrated his ability and potential,' said Booth.
Currently powered by departing supplier Cosworth, Marussia is switching to customer Ferrari engines in 2014.
Bianchi's current teammate is the well-backed Briton Max Chilton.
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