Qinghua in talks with Caterham and Marussia

Ma Qing Hua (CHN) HRT Formula One Team Development Driver. Formula One Young Drivers Test, Day One, Silverstone, England, 12 July 2012.Dec.5 (GMM) As soon as the chance of survival for Formula One outfit HRT looked bleak, the Spanish team’s Chinese development driver Ma Qinghua started to look elsewhere.

That is the claim of the Diario AS newspaper, reporting that the 24-year-old Shanghai-born driver entered talks with other F1 backmarkers Caterham and Marussia.

Each of those teams are yet to confirm their second race drivers for the 2013 season.

AS said that Qinghua’s management, China Sport Management, opened talks with Caterham and Marussia around the time of the recent Austin and Brazil double-header.

The news is a real blow to HRT’s chances of remaining in F1, as rumours had suggested that China Sport Management was involved in talks to rescue the ailing Spanish team.

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