HRT has named Ma Qing Hua as a part of its young driver development programme, opening the opportunity for the Chinese national to get behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car later this year.
The Spanish outfit will assess the 24-year-old through private tests with cars from different categories and simulator work, which if satisfactory, could land Hua a chance to drive for HRT at the young driver test.
Hua believes that the stint and his efforts will "allow me to become the first Chinese Formula 1 driver."
"I’ve dreamt of becoming a Formula 1 driver since I was very small," he said. "Driving an F1 car will be the most incredible experience and I’m going to work hard to earn it.
“Thanks to HRT for offering me the chance to show what I’m capable of. This is only the beginning,” he added.
The Shanghai-born driver is scheduled to conduct a testing session in Cheste, Valencia in a World Series car and perform simulator tests before he is incorporated into the development programme, which HRT test driver Dani Clos, a Spaniard, is already a part of.
"We are working so that one of the team’s signs of identity is to serve as a platform to launch young drivers, both nationally and internationally," said team principal Luis Perez-Sala. "Ma Qing Hua is one those talents in which we believe and we want to help him in his career so that he can make it to Formula 1."
Hua has competed in several single-seater series and has raced in the Superleague Formula and the A1GP Series as well. Last year he won the Chinese Touring Car Championship winning half of the races in the series.