Juncadella: Good chance in a few years I can become the main driver for Williams

14 August, 2013

Daniel Juncadella targeting F1 future with Williams

Daniel Juncadella targeting F1 future with Williams

Highly rated Spaniard Daniel Juncadella has acknowledged that he is in the running for a Formula 1 future with the Williams team.

Juncadella was signed up by the Grove team’s 2014 engine supplier, Mercedes, to race in the German touring car series DTM this year.

Another link that could pay off for Juncadella is his sponsor deal with the Kazakhstan investment company TAK Group, to promote the capital Astana.

TAK’s Artur Ardavichus said in June: “Astana wants Dani to progress and gain experience with Williams, to prepare him to be a Formula 1 driver with Mercedes.”

Daniel Juncadella during the young driver's test at Silverstone in July

Daniel Juncadella during the young driver’s test at Silverstone in July

Juncadella initially played down those comments, but reports now suggest that the Spaniard could be groomed for a race seat by Williams in the same way that Valtteri Bottas was.

The 22-year-old drove Williams’ 2013 car at the recent Silverstone test, and has now told Russia’s Championat: “We’ll see what happens in the future.

“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.

Daniel Juncadella in the Williams FW35

Daniel Juncadella in the Williams FW35

“There is a good chance that in a few years I can become the main driver for Williams. We’ll see. First I need to show strong results.”

Juncadella also revealed that he could participate in the pre-season winter tests ahead of the 2014 season, and then make appearances on Friday mornings at grands prix.

Asked if he was talking about driving a Williams or a Mercedes, he answered: “I cannot say, but I think [that] in 2014 there may be some surprises.” (GMM.)

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  • Tamburello_1994

    I just hope Williams is still around “in a few years”.

  • LotusFan


    Exactly my thoughts. The same way I felt when reading the stories about Williams signing young drivers and grooming them.
    Without Maldonado’s money what will this team do?

  • Jack

    I just think it’s a bit of a shame for such a successful team to have to now hire drivers on behalf of a bigger team’s development program

  • hillside

    Williams, so as Sauber etc. has money and a lot of it, its just they dont want to spend. as long as there’s somebody out there that can drive and willing to spend their own money, then these teams will embrace them with an open arms. even big team like Ferrari is on that boat.

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