Dani Clos will be the official test driver for the HRT F1 Team this season, it has been confirmed.
The 23-year-old, who has previously tested with Williams and who took part in the Abu Dhabi Young Driver Test last November with HRT, will take in several Friday free practice sessions this year. He will also travel to every Grand Prix with the 'main objective of learning and getting to know the team'.
“I'm very proud to be a part of HRT F1 Team,” said the Spaniard. “It is a great step in my career, something that I have dreamt of all my life and, finally, my dream is starting to come true. I'm very impressed with the job the team is doing; they're achieving fantastic things in a short space of time.
“The team has changed a lot since we met in the Abu Dhabi tests and I think it's a great opportunity and an honour to form a part of this new team. What they're achieving is very important for motorsport in our country and has a lot of potential.
“Also, being alongside Pedro de la Rosa is very important for me, since he and [Narain] Karthikeyan can positively contribute to me becoming a better driver.
“I want to thank Saúl Ruiz de Marcos and Luis Pérez-Sala for the trust they've shown in me from the start and, above all, I would like to thank the people who have always been by my side, such as Leonardo Soldevila and my father. For me a new chapter is beginning, one where hard work and dedication are going to be my priorities; I'm going to give it my all so that this phase is as successful as it can possibly be for the team, my team-mates and myself.”
Clos, who has competed in GP2, F1's chief feeder category since 2009, will start to exert his functions as the team's test driver immediately and will be with the team for the third pre-season test in Barcelona from March 1-4.
“I'm very happy to have Dani on the team. He's a quick, talented driver who, above all, is very willing to progress,” added HRT team principal, Luis Pérez-Sala.
“The incorporation of Clos is another step in our project of restructuring HRT but also fits in with our desire to promote young motorsport talents. I'm sure that it will be a very positive experience for both parties”.