HRT to field Charouz on Friday in Sao Paulo 24 Nov 2011
Czech driver Jan Charouz will be in action for HRT this weekend in Brazil. Charouz, who drove for the Spanish team and Renault at last weeks young-driver test in Abu Dhabi, will take to the track in Vitantonio Liuzzis F111 for Fridays opening practice session.
Its a great feeling to be taking part in a Formula One free practice session, he said. I will be driving for HRT F1 Team once again after testing with them last Wednesday in Abu Dhabi and obtaining my superlicence which allows me to take part in the first practice session at the Brazilian Grand Prix.
"I am really happy to have this opportunity and would like to thank my father for his great support. I cant forget to also thank my sponsors who make this possible. I hope to do well in Brazil although I am aware that it will not be easy. Interlagos is a circuit I have never raced at but one that I have tried out on the simulator and really liked it there. Hopefully the difference in experience with my team mate isnt too telling but, regardless, I will give it my best shot.
Colin Kolles, HRT team principal, added: Jan is an exciting up-and-coming driver as he proved when he drove for us at the young driver test last week in Abu Dhabi. He did a good job and completed more than enough kilometres in an F1 to be granted the superlicence. He will step in for Tonio in FP1 as he looks to continue learning and Im sure that he will be up to speed in no time. We are glad to give him the opportunity to make his Formula One debut and Im sure that it will be a positive experience.
Charouz was born in Prague and came through the ranks of the Czech karting scene before moving onto the Czech Touring Car Championships in 2002. In 2004 he switched to German Formula BMW, where he spent a year before making a move to Italian F3000. In 2006 the Czech driver won the F3000 International Masters Championship whilst also competing in A1GP for the Czech Republic.
Over the following three years, Charouz competed in the Le Mans Series and 24H Le Mans race, achieving the 2009 Le Mans Series title. In 2010 he decided to gain experience in single-seater racing and joined the Formula Renault 3.5 World Series. He has been one of Renaults F1 third drivers since 2010.
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