Spanish GP2 racer Dani Clos has been appointed as the official test and reserve driver for the HRT F1 team. The Barcelona-born driver previously drove for the team at the ‘Young Drivers’ test at Abu Dhabi last November.
The 23-year-old will participate in several Friday practice sessions over the course of the 2012 season, the team has announced today.
Clos mad his single-seater debut in 2004 in the Italian Formula Renault championship, and by his third season he’d claimed the championship crown.
His reward was a place on Renault’s F1 driver development programme and a seat in the Formula 3 EuroSeries championship. In 2008, he joined Williams’ young driver scheme, and in 2009 he made his GP2 Series debut, claiming his maiden championship win the following year en route to finishing fourth in the championship standings.
Last year – his third in the championship with the Racing Engineering team – Clos claimed another win and two podiums, finishing ninth overall.
“I’m very proud to be a part of HRT Formula 1 Team,” Clos said in the team’s media release. “It is a great step in my career, something that I have dreamt of all my life and, finally, my dream is starting to come true.
“I want to thank [HRT CEO] Saúl Ruiz de Marcos and [Team Principal] Luis Pérez-Sala for the trust they’ve shown in me from the start.”
“I’m very happy to have Dani on the team,” added Team Principal Luis Pérez-Sala. “He’s a quick, talented driver who, above all, is very willing to progress. The incorporation of Clos is another step in our project of restructuring HRT but also fits in with our desire to promote young motorsport talents. I’m sure that it will be a very positive experience for both parties.”