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Ma Qing Hua makes history for China at Silverstone test 12 Jul 2012

Ma Qing Hua (CHN) HRT Formula One Team Development Driver.
Formula One Young Drivers Test, Day One, Silverstone, England, 12 July 2012 Ma Qing Hua (CHN) HRT Formula One Team Development Driver.
Formula One Young Drivers Test, Day One, Silverstone, England, 12 July 2012 Ma Qing Hua (CHN) HRT Formula One Team Development Driver.
Formula One Young Drivers Test, Day One, Silverstone, England, 12 July 2012

Ma Qing Hua became the first Chinese-born driver to test a Formula One car on Thursday at this week’s young driver session at Silverstone. Qing Hua made his way out on to the UK track for HRT shortly after the circuit opened at 0900 hours local time.

The 24 year-old, who hails from Shanghai, has competed in various series including Formula Renault, A1 Grand Prix, Formula Three and Superleague, and won the Chinese touring car title in 2011. He joined HRT’s driver development programme in April and prepared for his Formula One run with simulator work and tests in GP2 and World Series cars.

Although fellow Chinese driver Ho-Pin Tung tested with Williams back in 2003, Tung was born in the Netherlands, not China, which makes Qing Hua the first Chinese-born driver to participate in an official Formula One event.

With the majority of teams opting to wait until later in the year to test their youngsters, Qing Hua will share the track on Thursday with Williams’ reserve Valtteri Bottas and Marussia’s Max Chilton and Rio Haryanto. Qing Hua will continue to test for HRT on Friday.

For pictures from the test, check out our gallery.

Full test report to follow at the end of the day.

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