Hispania Racing Team opted Ma Qing Hua as its test driver for the upcoming Young Driver testing program at Silverstone. Young Driver test is set to be crack into two meetings, with teams needing to select which of the pair they attend.
Abu Dhabi’s test remaining in November, the mid-season meeting at Silverstone has been met by extensive disapproval from many who claim that those who attend are using the test to collect car data as opposed to running upcoming talents.
However, as already highlighted by Lotus Team Principal Eric Boullier, most outfits will visit Silverstone due to cheaper logistical solutions. Possibly McLaren will test in Abu Dhabi.
“I’m very happy and fortunate to have the opportunity to drive a Formula 1 car at the Young Driver Test and do it with HRT,” Qing Hua comments. “I’ve dreamed of this all my life and am aware of the great responsibility that comes with it, as I’ll be the first Chinese driver ever to take part in the Young Driver Test.”
“Over the last few weeks we’ve been working with Ma, as a part of our scheduled development programme, with different cars at the Valencia and Jerez circuits and we consider that he is ready to take part in the Young Driver Test that will take place at Silverstone,” adds HRT team head Luis Pérez-Sala.
“Ma is a young driver who has experience in different categories but who hasn’t perhaps had the continuity which he deserves. He’s very professional, with a positive attitude; he has a feel for the car and, what’s most important, and he’s quick. We’ve got faith in his quality and are confident that he will do a good job at Silverstone.”
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