Juncadella to test for Mahindra in Valencia

Mercedes driver Daniel Juncadella will test for Mahindra this week as the team evaluates him for a Formula E reserve driver role.

Juncadella to test for Mahindra in Valencia
Daniel Juncadella, Mercedes-AMG Team HWA, Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM
Nick Heidfeld, Mahindra Racing
Nick Heidfeld, Mahindra Racing
Felix Rosenqvist, Mahindra Racing
Felix Rosenqvist, Mahindra Racing
#88 Mercedes-AMG Team Akka ASP Mercedes-AMG GT3: Felix Serralles, Daniel Juncadella, Tristan Vautier
Daniel Juncadella, Pertamina Campos Racing

Nick Heidfeld is unavailable for the final day of the pre-season test at Valencia, so Mahindra will hand Juncadella his first drive in the M4 ELECTRO.

The 2012 European Formula 3 champion has undertaken a race-winning Blancpain campaign this season after being dropped from Mercedes’ DTM line-up, but told Motorsport.com last year he was keen on earning a Formula E opportunity.

The 26-year-old has completed some simulator work for Mahindra in the last few days and will fill in for Heidfeld alongside Felix Rosenqvist on Thursday.  

Mahindra team principal Dilbagh Gill told Motorsport.com: “We are looking to have a third driver this year, I’m not saying he will be – but he is being evaluated for that role.

“We’ve been tracking him for some time.

“We look at good F3 drivers, and Dani’s in a Felix sort of a mould.”

Juncadella’s employer Mercedes will enter FE as a factory team in 2019/20, and has two of its DTM drivers – Edoardo Mortara and Maro Engel – testing for Venturi this week.

Engel drove for Venturi last season while Motorsport.com understands Mortara’s opportunity is a result of Mercedes’ FE interest.

However, Gill stressed that Mahindra’s scouting of Juncadella was an independent venture.

“It’s up to us, it’s nothing to do with Mercedes. If you look at our long-term plans we’d like to have another driver come on board. He’s one of them, it’s not a done deal.”

Mahindra has not tested any other drivers in relation to the reserve driver role and hopes to make a decision in the next month.  

Other drivers vying for FE opportunities this week are BMW’s Tom Blomqvist and Alexander Sims, at Andretti, and Lexus Super GT ace James Rossiter at Venturi.

2017/18 Formula E test line-up: 

Team

Drivers

Renault e.dams

 Sebastien Buemi

 Nico Prost

Faraday Future Dragon Racing

 Jerome d'Ambrosio

 Neel Jani

DS Virgin Racing

 Sam Bird

 Alex Lynn

Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler

 Lucas di Grassi

 Daniel Abt

Techeetah

 Jean-Eric Vergne

 Andre Lotterer

Andretti

 Antonio Felix da Costa

 Tom Blomqvist

 Alexander Sims

Mahindra

 Nick Heidfeld

 Felix Rosenqvist

 Dani Juncadella

NIO

 Oliver Turvey

 Luca Filippi

Jaguar

 Mitch Evans

 Nelson Piquet Jr

Venturi

 Maro Engel

 James Rossiter

 Edoardo Mortara

 Michael Benyahia

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