Daniel Juncadella will make his free practice debut for Sahara Force India at Silverstone ahead of the British Grand Prix, taking the car that will be raced by German driver Nico Hulkenberg for the rest of the weekend.
The 23-year-old Spaniard has already tested for the team during pre-season testing at Jerez and at the post-Spanish Grand Prix test at Barcelona, but will participate in an official session for the first time.
“I’ve been waiting for this moment for a very long time and it goes to show that hard work and determination can get you there,” said Juncadella. “Since the start of the year back in Jerez, where I got my first chance to drive the car, I’ve been working very hard with the team and I’ve definitely learned a lot.
“My second outing in Barcelona, and all the hours we’ve spent together on the simulator, have given me plenty of confidence. This is also the team’s local race, which makes a day I will never forget even more special.”
Juncadella currently races in the German based DTM series for Mercedes in the Mücke Motorsport team. He joins Briton Susie Wolff who will also make her official F1 debut in the same practice session for the Williams-Mercedes team.