Daniel Juncadella will have his first Friday practice outing for Force India at next weekend’s British Grand Prix, the team has confirmed.

The 23-year-old Spaniard – nephew of former F1 racer and team principal Luis Pérez-Sala – was announced as the Silverstone team’s official reserve driver at the beginning of this year’s championship campaign, with his appointment occurring by dint of a nominal discount to Force India’s engine fees payable to Mercedes, who have also placed him in the DTM championship.

His Friday practice outing follows a pre-season test hit-out in the team’s Mercedes-powered VJM07, followed by another outing at the in-season test following the Spanish Grand Prix in May (pictured above).

Juncadella will take over Nico Hülkenberg’s car in Friday’s opening practice session, which is one of a number of practice outings planned this season.

“I am delighted and ready and I’d like to thank Sahara Force India for this opportunity,” Juncadella said of his upcoming outing.

“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!”

Juncadella is dovetailing his reserve driver role with a second season of racing in the DTM championship, however his season to-date has gone poorly: he’s currently second-last in the Drivers’ Championship standings ahead of Vitaly Petrov.

Image via XPB Images

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