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Juncadella Seals HWA Racelab Test Role

Mercedes driver Daniel Juncadella announced as reserve driver for HWA this season…

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Daniel Juncadella has been confirmed as HWA Racelab’s test and reserve driver for the 2018-19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship.

The DTM race winner will undertake reserve duties at E-Prix events and is also likely to test one of the Venturi-powered HWA cars at the official Marrakesh rookie test in January.

Juncadella held a similar position with Mahindra Racing last season and tested for the team on several occasions including the Marrakesh rookie sessions.

E-racing365 understands that Juncadella was initially in the frame for one of the two HWA race seats until Stoffel Vandoorne became available when McLaren did not renew his Formula 1 contract in September.

Juncadella filled in for Vandoorne last Friday in Valencia where he completed 71 laps (220 km) aboard the No.5 Venturi VFE05 car.

“I’m very grateful to the team for giving me the opportunity to continue our long-standing collaboration through Formula E,” said Juncadella.

“Formula E is a new adventure for all of us. The team have a steep learning curve in prospect and can use all the support they can get.

“My first test with the new Gen2 car was a great experience. I found my feet in the team right away and can’t wait to see how we will fare on our Formula E debut. But before then, we still have plenty to do.”

The 27-year-old, who is the nephew of former F1 driver Luis Perez-Sala, won the 2012 FIA European F3 Championship before joining Mercedes’ DTM lineup the following season.

After three years with Muecke Motorsport, Juncadella joined HWA in 2016 and went on to claim his first series victory with the team at Brands Hatch earlier this year.

“We’ve known Daniel for a very long time and know exactly how good his speed is and how helpful the engineers find his feedback,” said HWA boss Ulrich Fritz.

“Daniel has a wealth of experience in setting up a wide range of racing cars and is thus perfectly able to support us on the racetrack as well as in simulator work.

“It’s exactly these strengths that we need in our debut season in Formula E. At the same time, we know that we can also rely on him if he has to step in at short notice.”

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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