14 August 2013
Juncadella eyeing increased F1 involvement
Mercedes DTM driver Daniel Juncadella is hoping that the marque's forthcoming partnership with Williams will boost his chances of landing a regular place in F1 circles.
Williams protégé 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.
“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.”
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