The 23-year-old joined Vijay Mallya’s team at the beginning of the year after spending 2013 in a reserve role with Williams. Although he did take part in the young driver test for the British outfit, his run-out at Silverstone in nine days’ time will mark his first on a grand prix weekend.
“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!”
Juncadella last got behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car during the test following the Spanish Grand Prix, balancing his duties with a campaign in the DTM championship.
“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,” he explained. “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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