'Williams test the real deal' – Juncadella
15 July 2013 – Having completed his maiden Formula 1 outing behind the wheel of a 2009-spec Ferrari last November, reigning European Formula 3 Champion Daniel Juncadella has labelled his upcoming day in the Williams FW35 chassis as "the real deal."
The Spaniard, 22, will drive on the opening day of the July 17-19 test at the Silverstone circuit, fresh from his maiden podium finish in the German DTM championship.
"It's a great chance for me and I hope I can help the team," Juncadella said of the upcoming test. "It’s an important test for any young driver as there aren't many opportunities to drive a Formula 1 car. I had my first taste of Formula 1 as a prize for winning the 2012 Formula 3 Euro Series title, but it was a 2009 car so I therefore see this as being the real deal, having the chance to drive a current car in a full test.
"I’ve spent a couple of days at the factory getting to know the team and I felt at home. Looking at the history of the team is also amazing and so to get this chance with Williams, a team so many great drivers have raced for, makes it even more special."
Pastor Maldonado and Susie Wolff will drive for Williams on the other two days.