Ma gets another Friday outing

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Ma Qing Hua is to get a second outing with HRT during first free practice for the Singapore Grand Prix next week.

The Chinese driver made his debut with the team in FP1 at Monza last weekend, and the team has elected to run him again at the Marina Bay circuit. He will take over Narain Karthikeyan's car.

Speaking about his opportunity, Ma said: "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. It will be very exciting to drive an F1 car 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."

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