Juncadella happy with debut drive

Daniel Juncadella drove the new Sahara Force India VJM07 in Spain last week
Daniel Juncadella drove the new Sahara Force India VJM07 in Spain last week

Spanish driver, Daniel Juncadella, was pleased with his first drive for the Silverstone-based Sahara Force India team during the opening pre-season F1 test of the 2014 season at Jerez last week.

A graduate from Formula 3, Juncadella is also racing for Mercedes in the German DTM series.

He said following his drive: “It was my first day working with the team and it was a big challenge because of the tricky track conditions. I took things very cautiously because I had never driven a Formula 1 car in the wet and for the whole day the track still had damp patches.

“It was a case of building up my confidence and learning how the team operates. It was a great experience and I made sure to make the most of it. We covered a lot of laps, which was a big improvement. This is the kind of performance the team needed before the next test in Bahrain to really start understanding the car. I want to thank the team for the opportunity and I look forward to the rest of the season.”

Otmar Szafnauer, Force India’s Chief Operating Officer, added: “The final day in Jerez proved to be the most productive for us. Despite the mixed weather conditions, Daniel was able to cover 81 laps, which has given him valuable experience for his role as a reserve driver this season.

“The car has run reliably, which is a result of all the hard work carried out earlier in the test to resolve some of the initial reliability concerns.

“During these early days it’s paramount to get laps under our belt and over the four days we have clocked up almost 650 km. It’s not been an easy test operationally, with lots of different challenges, but the whole team has done an extremely professional job to ensure we maximised the time we had on-track.”