Juncadella eyeing increased Williams role
15 August 2013 – Daniel Juncadella has set his sights on securing a permanent role with Williams ahead of the 2014 campaign, having been granted his first fully-fledged Formula 1 test by the Grove-based outfit at the recent Silverstone young driver gathering.
The 22-year-old Spaniard, who claimed the Formula 3 Euro Series title last year, is currently racing in the DTM championship for Mercedes, and reckons his links with the marque should aid his attempted rise to the top echelon of single seater racing.
"Next year, Williams and Mercedes will have the same engines. Mercedes can send its young drivers to a team it is connected with, where they can show their potential," Juncadella told Championat. "There is a good chance that, in a few years, I can be the main driver for Williams. We will see. First I need to show strong results in the DTM."
Juncadella, whose next target is to take part in selected Friday practice sessions and pre-season testing for Williams in 2014, added that he expects to remain in the DTM series for another term, describing it as "the best way" to home in on Formula 1.
"I had a chance to speak to GP2 teams, but I accepted the Mercedes offer," he said. "It was a safe choice. DTM also provides a path to F1, as we saw with Paul di Resta. You work with so many people here, it's a bit like F1! I believe that the DTM is the best way to [get to] F1, because there is a lot of politics in GP2 and World Series by Renault."
Juncadella sits 11th in the DTM standings, having recorded two top six finishes.