Yeah, I don’t see why they would need to pick up an ex-F1 driver at HRT either. They already have De La Rosa there doing development work. Plus, I don’t imagine any of the decent ex-F1 drivers (Buemi, Alguersuari, Heidfeld, Barrichello, Sutil etc.) accepting a seat with HRT.
They’re probably gonna replace Karthikeyan next year, I’m sure, and my money is on Ma Qing Hua to take his seat. The level of media exposure they would get + the chinese capital he would bring to the team would mean A LOT for a team like HRT at the moment. And he didn’t look all that bad on track either at his first outing. Otherwise, they have Dani Clos if they realise an all spanish team would bring them more benefit.