Williams prot?g? Daniel Juncadella admits that he is hoping that next year's tie-up between the Grove-based team and current employer Mercedes will lead to a future in the top flight.

Despite being happily ensconced in the DTM with Mercedes, the multiple F3 championship winner is eyeing a permanent role with Williams in 2014, filling the reserve role previously occupied by Valtteri Bottas. Knowing that the Finn successfully stepped up to a race seat this season, a similar target remains Juncadella's goal, and the forthcoming link with Mercedes can only help his cause.

"We'll see what happens in the future," the 22-year old, who drove Williams' 2013 car in the recent Silverstone test, admitted to Russia's Championat website, "Next year, Williams and Mercedes will have the same engine, and so Mercedes can send its young and inexperienced drivers to a team it is connected with, where the driver has the opportunity to show his potential.

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"There is a good chance that, in a few years, I can be the main driver for Williams, [but] we'll see. First I need to show strong results [in the DTM]."

The next stage in the Spaniard's F1 development should be occasional Friday morning outings at grands prix and involvement in pre-season testing ahead of the 2014 campaign.

Both of these are planned," he confirmed, before letting slip that his opportunity could come with either Mercedes or Williams, "I cannot say [anything definite], but 2014 may hold some surprises."

With a full-time switch to F1 still some way off, however, the Spaniard admits that he would like to remain in the DTM next season.

"Obviously, I first need to finish this season, and then we'll see," he conceded, "I think I'm pretty good at my job, and it would be nice to spend another year in the DTM . Where better to concentrate on the present, trying to add experience from race to race.

"I have already shown good results, so I do not feel much pressure. Nobody expected too much of me in the first season, but we need to keep up the good work and do the job well."

Juncadella insists that racing in the DTM, rather than concentrating on being a reserve in F1 like Bottas opted to do, is a sound career move, particularly as the touring cars offer similar levels of technology to the top flight.

"Obviously, it was a difficult choice [not to remain in single-seaters]," he confessed, "I had a chance to speak [to teams] in GP2, but I accepted the offer from Mercedes which, shall we say, was a safe choice.

"The DTM is an option path to F1, as we saw in the case of [Paul] di Resta, and I believe it is the best way to F1, as both GP2 and the World Series by Renault involve a lot of politics.

Here you work with so many people, it's something like F1! An F1 car carries a serious level of downforce and, in some ways, makes for an easier life as a pilot. The car is much faster, and you need to adapt to it but, if you are a professional driver, you should be able to cope with it.

"In the tests, [the key] was to drive, have fun and try out the F1 race car. You want to be quick and show speed, but it was not the main thing. You need to enjoy the moment and try to forget about the pressure."