Clos: I am prepared for Formula 1
16 November 2011 – Dani Clos has expressed his desires to step up to Formula 1 for the 2012 season, having tested for HRT in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. The 23-year-old Barcelona driver has spent the last three seasons in GP2, winning at Istanbul Park in 2010.
Before the Grand Prix weekend commenced in Abu Dhabi, Clos was singled out as a likely candidate for an HRT seat – either in 2012 or 2013 – by Saul Ruiz de Marco, whose Thesan Capital group now owns the team formerly known as Hispania.
“Our rookie tester is Dani Clos, a young and talented driver,” Ruiz de Marco said. “He will probably win GP2 next year, so – even if it’s not next year - the team will eventually have one Spanish or Latin American driver over the next two seasons.”
However, Clos believes 2012 is not too early for an F1 debut.
“I do think I’m prepared to take the step,” he comments. “I’ve got a lot of experience in GP2 and have achieved good results there, but there are many factors that decide whether a driver makes it into F1 or not.
“It’s not impossible and I would love to be involved at some level - if it’s not as an official driver, then as a test driver whilst also competing in another category. Continuing in GP2 is more than a valid option and I think I can achieve great things there.”