LONDON: Ma Qing Hua made motorpsort history on Thursday by becoming the first Chinese-born driver to test drive for a Formula One team.
Ma completed 82 laps in total of the Silverstone circuit in central England, scene of last weekend's British Grand Prix, for the HRT team during a young drivers' test with a best time of 1 minute 37.829 seconds.
Although Tung Ho Pin tested with Williams in 2003, he was born in the Netherlands, unlike 24-year-old Ma who hails from Shanghai.
Ma, last year's Chinese Touring Car champion, had previously competed in Formula Renault, A1 Grand Prix, Formula Three and Superleague.
"It was a fantastic feeling to drive a Formula One car for the first time," Ma said.
"It's not easy to put into words what I felt. Yesterday (Wednesday) I found it hard to sleep and I tried to calm down by thinking that it was just another test. But I'm very proud to represent China and be a pioneer for my nation in this sport.
"I'm confident these tests, and the ones that will come in the future, will help motorsport grow in China and will grant more opportunities for everyone." AFP