Maldonado to join Williams test drivers at Silverstone

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Williams have confirmed they will take advantage of the opportunity to run one of their race drivers in the Young Drivers Test at Silverstone this week.

Pastor Maldonado will run during the test to assess the revised tires for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

“Given the recent test regulation changes, we will also now run Pastor to enable Pirelli to gain further data to continue their development program,” said technical director Mike Coughlan.

The team will give testing opportunities to DTM racer Daniel Juncadella and development driver Susie Wolff, who was the first person to drive the FW35 in a shakedown test at Idiada earlier this year.

“It is great that we are able to give Susie the opportunity to have a full day behind the wheel of the FW35 following all the hard work and dedication she has put in both supporting us at the track and in the simulator,” Coughlan added.

“Daniel is a young talent who has had a great deal of success over the past few seasons and we’re excited to give him the chance to see what he can do behind the wheel of a Formula One car.”

Juncadella drives for Mercedes’ team in the top German touring car championship and Williams will use their engines in F1 from next year.

Daniel Ricciardo would relish being Lewis Hamilton’s teammate

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BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Daniel Ricciardo says he would relish the challenge of having Lewis Hamilton as his teammate if he joins Mercedes next year.

Ricciardo is out of contract at Red Bull at the end of the season and expressed interest in joining teams like Mercedes or Ferrari to help him challenge for the championship.

The Australian says he would “love to obviously be challenged against the best and Lewis is obviously up there.”

He adds: “I don’t want to say it’s just Lewis I’m looking for but that would be a good challenge.”

Ricciardo says he won’t accept a faster car if it means playing second fiddle to an established star.

He says “there’s always been really good clarity and fairness (at Red Bull) … and I would expect that environment everywhere.”