Juncadella plays down reports of Williams drive for 2014

Daniel Juncadella

Daniel Juncadella

Daniel Juncadella has played down reports that said he has a good chance of lining up on the Formula 1 grid for Williams next year.

The Spaniard is racing this year for Grove based Williams’ 2014 engine supplier Mercedes in the German touring car series DTM.

It was reported that another link that could pay off for 22-year-old Juncadella, whose uncle is the former HRT boss Luis Perez Sala, is his sponsorship deal with the Kazakhstan capital city Astana.

TAK Group’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.”

But Juncadella has now told Speed Week that the Williams story was wide of the mark.

“No. A lot was written about Williams in the Spanish media,” he said. “It was wrong.

“If I had € 20 million, I could drive in Formula 1, but that makes no sense to me.

“I want to drive in a championship where my talent and my results are important. That is the case in the DTM,” said Juncadella.

“I also want to win races and titles. So while Formula 1 is always the biggest target, in the near future I am only thinking about the DTM,” he added. (GMM)

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