HRT has confirmed that Ma Qing Hua will drive in Friday practice at the US Grand Prix this weekend.

The Chinese hopeful made a little history by becoming the first driver from his nation to take part in a full grand prix weekend at the Italian GP back in September and his run in FP1 tomorrow at the new Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas will mark his fifth time at the wheel of the F112. He will then hand the car back to Narain Karthikeyan.

"It's fantastic to be able to step back into the car for a free practice session and to do so at a new circuit for every team and driver makes it even more special and fun," said Hua.

"Being the first out on track to help the team is a great responsibility and I want to thank them again for the opportunity they're giving me.

"Little by little I'm racking up more miles and gaining the necessary experience to grow as a driver, and the continuity I'm getting is also important to help my confidence. Last week I was in Shanghai and received a lot of support from my country, which makes me work even harder to be prepared for any challenge," he added.