Dani Clos, HRT, Abu Dhabi, 2011

Dani Clos to get track time as HRT test driver

2012 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Dani Clos, HRT, Abu Dhabi, 2011
Dani Clos, HRT, Abu Dhabi, 2011

Spanish GP2 driver Dani Clos will be HRT’s official test driver for the 2012 season, the team has announced.

The 23-year-old will participate in “several” Friday practice sessions, according to the team.

Clos, who drove for HRT in the young drivers’ test in November, said: “I?m very proud to be a part of HRT Formula 1 Team. 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 honor 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 Saul Ruiz de Marcos and Luis Perez-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”.

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