Mondini was the Midland team's third driver in 2006 Hispania Racing has confirmed that Giorgio Mondini will test for the outfit at Barcelona on the third day of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya.

The Swiss driver will run in the F110 in the afternoon, after Narain Karthikeyan clocks up more mileage in the 2010-spec car beforehand.

Mondini’s opportunity is perhaps not a surprise given he has a lengthy relationship with HRT team boss Colin Kolles. The 30-year-old has been driving in Kolles’ Le Mans Giorgio Mondini squad in recent years, as well as being a third driver for the Kolles-run Midland F1 outfit in 2006.

Mondini is a former Formula Renault champion, who earned his first taste of F1 in 2005 when given the opportunity to test for the Renault team as a reward for winning the title. He has also represented Switzerland in the A1GP series.

HRT tested Vitantonio Liuzzi yesterday and is yet to announce the identity of its second driver to partner Karthikeyan for the 2011 season.

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