The HRT Fomula 1 Team has come to an agreement to allow them to run in the Young Driver Test at Silverstone next week on 12 and 13 Jult with 24 year-old Ma Qing Hua set to take the driving seat in the F112.
The Chinese driver has a mixed past in racing ranging from Formula Renault, A1 Grand Prix, Formula 3, Superleague Formula, with his highest point of taking the Chinese touring car championship in 2011.
Qing Hua joined HRT Formula 1 Team's driver development programme in April and includes tests in World Series and GP2 along with simulator work ahead of his debut F1 test.
Ma Qing Hua was delighted to be able to take part in the session, “I'm very happy that the day has finally come and I will be able to step into a Formula 1 car for the first time with HRT Formula 1 Team.”
“I want to thank everyone who made it possible for me to be here today, my compatriots who support me, and the people who made it possible for these tests to take place in Silverstone. The last few months have been intense as I have been doing a lot of tests on the track and off it, which have helped me to improve as a driver and take on this challenge from a better position. I've worked hard to make it here but this journey is only getting underway”.
Team Principal Luis PÃ©rez-Sala talked about how important the upcoming tests will be to Qing Hua, “The fact that these tests will finally be able to take place at Silverstone is great news for us because it fits perfectly with the next step that we had planned for Ma Qing Hua's development programme.”
“In the last three months, we've been working with Ma on different aspects: testing on track with cars from different categories, carrying out tests on the simulator and working on specific physical preparation to be better prepared for this demanding challenge. We were aware of his ability but, once more, he has shown his professionalism, attitude and sensitivity, so we're sure that he will continue to progress as a driver in these Formula 1 tests”.