HRT has announced Chinese driver Ma Qing Hua as part of the Spanish squad's new driver development program.
HRT said the program would include a professional assessment of his career, private tests with cars from different categories and simulator tests. The Spanish team said Qing Hua "could take to the wheel" of its car in the young driver test later this year if the results of the partnership are "satisfactory."
"I'm very honored to form a part of the driver development program at HRT since, with work and effort, it will allow me to become the first Chinese Formula 1 driver," he said. "It's a very special moment for me and it's hard to express how happy I am. I've dreamed of becoming a Formula 1 driver since I was very small."
Qing Hua is a former A1 GP, Formula 3 and Superleague Series driver.