Chinese driver Ma Qing Hua set to make Formula One history
Wednesday 05 September 2012
Ma Qing Hua will make history on Friday by becoming the first Chinese driver to take part in a Formula One weekend.
Hua will replace Narain Karthikeyan at HRT for the first practice session of the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.
The 24-year-old has undergone intensive preparation this year in readiness for his debut, which included the Young Driver Test at Silverstone in July where he completed enough kilometres to obtain the necessary FIA super licence.
Hua said: "This is a very important step towards my dream of becoming a Formula One driver.
"The objective of the session is to continue advancing with my programme, rack up more miles and experience at the wheel of an F1 car and help the team with whatever they need.
"I'm excited, but also calm about it because I've been training hard in the past months to be prepared when the opportunity presented itself.
"But it will be the first time a Chinese driver takes part in a grand prix and that, for Chinese motorsport, is another huge stride and a fantastic opportunity."
Team principal Luis Perez-Sala has no doubts Hua can move on to the next level in his development as he said: "He's fulfilled our expectations without making any mistakes.
"He has proven himself as a quick and safe driver with a great capability to adapt, besides also possessing a very positive and professional attitude.
"Without a doubt, this is a very important step which comes with great responsibility, but we consider he's prepared to take it on".
Liverpool target Marco Reus rejects new Borussia Dortmund contract offer - reports
Manchester United transfer news: Mats Hummels, Thomas Vermaelen and Daley Blind on radar as Louis van Gaal reveals he still wants to sign defender
Arsenal agree new deal with BT Sport - which coincides nicely with advert showing FA Cup win over Liverpool
Divock Origi joins Liverpool before immediately being loaned back to Lille
Scottie dogs in Commonwealth Games opening ceremony 'disrespectful to Muslims', say Malaysian politicians
- 1 What if 35 Palestinians had died, and 800 Israelis?
- 2 Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
- 3 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
- 4 'Women should not laugh in public,' says Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister in morality speech
- 5 Israel's propaganda machine is finally starting to misfire
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'
A new Russian revolution: The cracks are starting to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc