PARIS, Feb 3, 2012 (AFP) - Spanish Formula One outfit HRT announced on Friday that Indian driver, Narain Karthikeyan, will complete the teams line up for the 2012 Formula One season alongside Spanish driver Pedro de la Rosa.
It will be Chennai-born driver's second season with the Spanish squad, with whom he made history at last years inaugural Indian Grand Prix, being the only Indian driver on the grid.
The team will return to action next week at the first official pre-season tests, which take place in Jerez, southern Spain, where De la Rosa will take to the wheel.
Karthikeyan will join the team for the second tests in Barcelona, which will be held from February 21-24 at the Circuit de Catalunya.
"It has taken a lot of hard work to make this happen but I am absolutely elated to feature on the 2012 grid with HRT F1 Team," said 35-year-old Karthikeyan who has competed in a total of 28 Grands Prix.
"I was pleased with our strong performance at the Indian Grand Prix, in front of my passionate home fans and I look forward to building on this result in 2012.
"I have been training hard since the end of 2011, ensuring I was ready for the rigours of F1 if an opportunity arose."
HRT chief Luis Pérez-Sala was full of praise for the Indian.
"He is a quick, intuitive and secure driver who met his expectations despite a lack of continuity last year," he said.
"Of the eight Grands Prix he contested in 2011, he only failed to finish on one occasion and had a great performance in the last race he took part in.
"Im sure that the fact that he will continue to work and drive on a regular basis will help him take a step forward this season."