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Juncadella to realise F1 dream

Wednesday 25th June 2014

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Juncadella to realise F1 dream

Juncadella to realise F1 dream

Daniel Juncadella will get his first taste of official F1 action at the British GP after being handed Friday practice driving duties.

The 23-year-old, who joined Force India as a reserve driver at the start of this year, will make his F1 debut after the team confirmed he will replace Nico Hulkenberg during the first free practice session at Silverstone.

The Spaniard does have some experience behind the wheel of a Formula One car as he drove for the team during pre-season testing and he was also in the cockpit for the Barcelona test after the Spanish GP.

"I am delighted and ready and I'd like to thank Sahara Force India for this opportunity," Juncadella said.

"This will be the first time I take part in an official Grand Prix weekend session, so it will be a very special day for me - 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!

"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 together with the team and I've definitely learned a lot. My second outing at the test in Barcelona and all the hours we've spent together on the simulator have given me plenty of confidence. They were also the perfect way to get to know the team better, something which I think is always essential in order to do well.

"This is also the team's local race, which makes a day I will never forget even more special."

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