HRT will run an interim-spec car for the opening three test sessions Hispania Racing won’t have its 2011-spec car ready to run until the final pre-season test at Bahrain in early March, newly-signed driver Narain Karthikeyan has confirmed.

Earlier this month, team boss Colin Kolles confirmed that the new car wouldn’t be ready at least for the first test next week at Valencia and that it would, in all likelihood, still not be built in time for the following test at Jerez.

But Karthikeyan has told The Times of India that he will pilot an interim-spec car for the first three tests in Spain (Barcelona is the third) before the final test at Bahrain, scheduled for a week before the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix in mid-March.

“Our new car won’t be ready for the first three tests in Spain where I will drive the 2010 car,” Karthikeyan is quoted.

The new car is being designed by Geoff Willis, and while not equipped with KERS, it will feature the new-for-2011 adjustable rear wing and the much-vaunted Williams transmission system it had purchased from the Grove outfit.

Karthikeyan also confirmed that his team-mate and the team’s reserve driver (or drivers) will be revealed “in a week or so”.

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