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?óÔé¼Ôäóm 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?óÔé¼Ôäóm very impressed with the job the team is doing; they?óÔé¼Ôäóre 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?óÔé¼Ôäós a great opportunity and an honor to form a part of this new team.
“What they?óÔé¼Ôäóre 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?óÔé¼Ôäóve 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?óÔé¼Ôäóm 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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