Williams F1 Team Confirms Wolff, Juncadella, Maldonado For Young Driver Test

By Spenser Walters
Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Williams F1 Team will be running development driver Susie Wolff and Formula 3 Euro stand-out Daniel Juncadella at the Young Driver Test in Silverstone July 17-19. Pastor Maldonado will man the FW35 on the final day of the event when the teams are allowed to test the new tire compounds that Pirelli will offer to Formula 1.

Wolff has participated in a myriad of tests for Williams previously, and was actually the first driver in the team’s 2013 machine as she saddled up for an aerodynamic test in February. However, this will be her first proper outing in a Formula 1 car.

Juncadella was busy in 2012 as he was winning the Formula 3 Euro Series Championship, the FIA European Formula 3 Championship, and the Masters of Formula 3 race. The Spaniard is currently racing in DTM.  As a reward for claiming the 2012 Formula 3 Euro Series championship he was allowed to drive a 2009 model F1 car, but the youngster sees the Young Driver Test as his first real Formula One experience.

Maldonado will be taking the FW35 out on the final day to run tests with and provide feedback on Pirelli’s newest tires. Maldonado is the more experienced of the two Williams race driver, but I for one expected Valtteri Bottas to be tasked with the tire test. Bottas has shown great promise in his rookie season and has looked to be Maldonado’s superior at times. Bottas has already said that he wants to return to Williams in 2014, and Maldonado getting the nod bodes well for his future with the team.

Williams is in the middle of yet another disappointing season, and if improvement doesn’t come soon then a driver change might be in order. Juncadella’s record in the junior formulas speaks volumes about his potential and Wolff has been steadily improving since joining the team. Either would be a solid choice to tab as a race driver for 2014 should Williams look to make a switch.

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