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China’s Ma Qinghua to drive HRT F1 car at Monza

September 6, 2012 by Joey Wang

China’s Ma Qinghua to drive HRT F1 car at Monza

Ma Qinghua will become the first Chinese driver to compete in Formula One when he lines up for the HRT team in Friday’s opening practice session for the Italian Grand Prix.

The 24-year-old Shanghai-born driver got the call up from the Spanish team after completing 82 laps at Silverstone during a young drivers’ session in July.

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First Chinese driver tests in Formula 1

July 13, 2012 by Joey Wang

Ma Qinghua

Ma Qinghua has become the first Chinese-born driver to test in Formula One, completing 82 laps of the British Grand Prix circuit at Silverstone for HRT. The 24-year-old Ma was on the track on Thursday on the first of two days of a young-driver test on the site of Mark Webber’s F1 win on Sunday.

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China’s Ma Qinghua signs with HRT Formula 1 team

April 15, 2012 by W.E. Ning

Ma Qinghua Chines Formula 1 driver

24-year-old Ma Qinghua joins HRT’s Formula One driver-development program. Ma, a Shanghai native, signed with the team on Thursday. He’s considered the best hope to become China’s first F1 driver, following in the wake of several who signed contracts but failed to make the circuit.

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China’s Ma aims for F1

April 7, 2012 by Joey Wang

Ma Qinghua

Ma Qinghua (m) set his sights on becoming the first Chinese driver to race in Formula One after being announced as a member of the HRT team’s “young driver development program” on Thursday.

In a deal timed to generate interest ahead of next week’s grand prix in Shanghai, Ma’s home city, struggling HRT held out the possibility of the 24-year-old testing its car later in the year.

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