HRT press release
HRT F1 Team has reached an agreement with Dani Clos by which the young 23-year-old driver from Barcelona will become test driver of the Spanish outfit for the 2012 season.
The incorporation of Clos is another step in the team's aspirations of establishing itself as a platform for young talents to reach the pinnacle of world motorsport.
Dani Clos will form an integral part of the team, taking part in several free practice sessions on Fridays and travelling to every Grand Prix throughout the season, with the main objective of learning and getting to know the team. There is a lot of hard work ahead of him but Dani will have the whole team's support, including that of his teammates Narain Karthikeyan and Pedro de la Rosa, to help him learn and progress in such a demanding environment.
Dani Clos experienced his first contact with the team this past November, during the Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi, and made the most of the opportunity given to him. The good sensations that the team and driver had, along with the objective of strengthening HRT F1 Team, helped to reach a quick agreement that was desired by both parties.
The Spanish driver will start to exert his functions as the team's test driver immediately and will be with the team for the third pre-season tests in Barcelona from the 1st to the 4th of March.
"I'm very proud to be a part of HRT Formula 1 Team. 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'm very impressed with the job the team is doing; they're achieving fantastic things in a short space of time. The team has changed a lot since we met in the Abu Dhabi tests and I think it's a great opportunity and an honor to form a part of this new team. What they're achieving is very important for motorsport in our country and has a lot of potential.
Also, being alongside Pedro de la Rosa is very important for me, since he and Karthikeyan can positively contribute to me becoming a better driver. I want to thank Saúl Ruiz de Marcos and Luis Pérez-Sala for the trust they've shown in me from the start and, above all, I would like to thank the people who have always been by my side, such as Leonardo Soldevila and my father. For me a new chapter is beginning, one where hard work and dedication are going to be my priorities; I'm going to give it my all so that this phase is as successful as it can possibly be for the team, my teammates and myself".
He's a quick, talented driver who, above all, is very willing to progress
Luis Pérez-Sala, Team Principal of HRT:
"I'm very happy to have Dani on the team. 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".
DANI CLOS – PROFILE
Date of Birth: 23rd of October 1988
Place of Birth: Barcelona (Spain)
Weight: 68 kg
Country and place of residence: Barcelona (Spain)
Dani Clos was born in Barcelona on the 23rd of October 1988. With a renowned trajectory in karting, Clos made his debut in single-seater racing in 2004 in Formula Renault Italia 2.0, going on to win the Championship in 2006. A year later he joined Renault’s F1 programme and took part in the Formula Three Euroseries. In 2008 he entered Williams F1’s young drivers’ programme and finished in 2nd in the 24H Barcelona race. In 2009 he made his debut in the GP2 series, with a 3rd place finish in Portimao being his best result. In his second year in GP2 he achieved his first win in Turkey alongside various podium finishes. Last year, Dani Clos took one win and two podiums in what was his third season as a GP2 driver. Also in 2011, he took part in the Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi with HRT F1 Team, completing total of 377.67km in one day and leaving a very good impression on the team.
2011: GP2: Racing Engineering, 9th in the Championship - F1: Young Driver Test with HRT F1 Team
2010: GP2: Racing Engineering, 4th in the Championship (1 race win)
2009: GP2: Racing Engineering, 21st in the Championship
2008: F3 Euroseries: Prema Powerteam: 14th in the Championship
2007: F3 Euroseries: Signature Plus: 13th in the Championship
2006: Formula Renault 2.0 Italia: Champion (8 race wins) - Renault 2.0 Eurocup: 7th position
2005: Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0: 32nd in the Championship - Italian Formula Renault Championship: 16th in the Championship