In 2012 Daniël made a bold move: instead of an additional season in the Eurocup or stepping up to F3 or GP3, he decided to make the jump to AutoGP and their 550hp single-seaters. He also participated with Comtec in Formula Renault 3.5. Daniël seemed to gel with the added horsepower. In 2012, he was a consistent frontrunner in his first full season of AutoGP, taking fifth in the championship. At the same time, he acquainted himself with GP2, doing a part season with Rapax and getting himself noticed by demonstrating a quick learning curve. This was followed by some very fast times in the post-season tests at Barcelona.