HWA has signed Daniel Juncadella as its check and reserve driver for the 2018/19 Components E season.
Juncadella, who’s conversant in HWA after racing for Mercedes within the DTM between 2013-16 and once more this season, will help HWA race drivers Gary Paffett and Stoffel Vandoorne.
The 27-year-old accomplished the ultimate day of final week’s FE season 5 check at Valencia after Vandoorne left to race within the US Grand Prix for McLaren.
“I’m very grateful to the staff for giving me the chance to proceed our long-standing collaboration via Components E,” mentioned Juncadella.
“Components E is a brand new journey for all of us. The staff have a steep studying curve in prospect and may use all of the help they will get.
“Hopefully, I can assist Gary, Stoffel and the engineers grasp the problem in my new function.
“My first check with the brand new Gen2 automotive was an amazing expertise. I discovered my toes within the staff straight away and may’t wait to see how we are going to fare on our Components E debut. However earlier than then, we nonetheless have a lot to do.”
Juncadella set the 17th quickest time on the third day of the Valencia operating, which put him 23rd within the general standings from the check.
He accomplished 71 laps on the day, which was hit by moist climate within the morning session.
The Spaniard competed in 76 DTM races for Mercedes, which is able to take over HWA’s FE slot in 2019/20, successful the opening 2018 Manufacturers Hatch race, and scoring three pole positions.
“We’ve recognized Daniel for a really very long time and know precisely how good his pace is and the way useful the engineers discover his suggestions,” mentioned HWA AG CEO and FE staff principal Ulrich Fritz.
“Daniel has a wealth of expertise in organising a variety of racing vehicles and is thus completely in a position to help us on the racetrack in addition to in simulator work.
“It’s precisely these strengths that we’d like in our debut season in Components E. On the similar time, we all know that we will additionally depend on him if he has to step in at quick discover.”