HRT to test Qing Hua at Silverstone next week 07 Jul 2012
With the teams having failed to agree on a venue for a combined 2012 young driver test, HRT have announced they will run theirs at Silverstone next week, when their Chinese tester Ma Qing Hua will get his first taste of F1 power.
After competing in international championships such as Formula Renault, A1 Grand Prix, Formula Three and Superleague, and winning the 2011 Chinese touring car title, Qing Hua joined HRTs driver development programme in April.
"Im very happy that the day has finally come and I will be able to step into a Formula One car for the first time with HRT, said Qing Hua. And 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.
To date HRTs programme with Qing Hua has included tests with cars from categories such as World Series and GP2, as well as simulator work and specific physical preparation for the demanding challenges of F1 machinery.
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, he added. Ive worked hard to make it here but this journey is only getting underway.
During these tests, HRT say Qing Hua has shown firm evidence of his talent behind the wheel and his learning capacity and commitment, and they are confident that next weeks tests, on July 12 and 13, will be the next step in his journey to Formula One racing.
"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 Huas development programme, commented HRT team principal, Luis Perez-Sala.
In the last three months, weve 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 were sure that he will continue to progress as a driver in these Formula One tests.
It remains to be seen which teams will join HRT at Silverstone.
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