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Ma gets second FP1 call up for HRT

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Chinese driver Ma Qing Hua will take part in his second Friday morning practice session in a row at the Singapore Grand Prix next weekend.

HRT opted to run Ma in Narain Karthikeyan's HRT during first practice at the Italian Grand Prix and is set to give him a second outing in Singapore.

"I'm very happy to drive the F112 for a second time in a row and I really appreciate the opportunity HRT is giving me," Ma said. "It will be very exciting to drive a F1 around the streets of Singapore. It's a very demanding track for all of us, but it will be even more of a challenge for me as this is only the second time I will be driving the car at a race weekend.

"But I am looking forward to it and the laps that I added to my tally at the last grand prix in Monza have given me plenty of confidence. I have prepared myself in the simulator as well as doing some specific exercises to be used to driving at night. This is yet again another step in my career and I look forward to getting more experience at the wheel of a Formula 1 car as well as doing my best to help the team to prepare for the race".

Team principal Luis Pérez-Sala added: "Ma will step into the car once more for the first free practice session and the objective is for him to continue learning and improving as he did in Monza, where we were very happy with his work and performance."

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