Daniel Juncadella will take to the track in Valencia with the Mahindra Racing squad on Thursday, replacing an unavailable Nick Heidfeld in the M4Electro.
Juncadella will be evaluated for a reserve role with the Indian team alongside Felix Rosenqvist and Heidfeld, deputising for the latter as the German honours commitments elsewhere.
The former Mercedes DTM driver had spoken previously of wanting an opportunity in the all-electric series and has also partaken in simulator work with Mahindra.
Speaking to Autosport, Mahindra Team Principal Dilbagh Gill spoke of their desire for a reserve driver, but did not confirm that Juncadella was already signed to the role.
“We are looking to have a third driver this year,” said Gill. “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.”
With Mercedes set to enter Formula E in 2019, Gill denied any connection between Juncadella and the German marque, confirming that the test opportunity is nothing to do with Mercedes.
“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 drive come on board. He’s one of them, it’s not a done deal.”
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