He is a young and talented driver, who has already demonstrated in other categories that he is fast, experienced and ready to drive an Hispania Racing, HRT F1 Team car. This will be the second time he sits in a Formula 1, after testing for the first time in 2004 in Misano with the Minardi F1 Team.
Pastor Maldonado (Maracay, March 9, 1985) is the current GP2 Series Champion, after winning the most races in one same year (six) with the Rapax Team. The 25 year-old Venezuelan began his career in karting at the age of seven. His first experience in Formula racing was in Italy in 2003. He competed in the Formula Renault Championship with Cram Competition and won the Italian title in 2004. That same year he was given the chance to test with the Minardi F1 Team in Misano. He followed that up with a year in the Italian F3000 Championship before moving on to Formula Renault 3.5 Series where he classified third, with three race wins, six further podium finishes and five pole positions. In 2007 he moved to the GP2 Series, where he ended the season as the best rookie. The following year he continued in GP2, finishing the year in 5th place. In 2009, he took part in several GP2 Asia Series races as well as the GP2 main Series with ART Grand Prix Team, finishing 6th with two wins.