Christian Klien has been signed by HRT to be a test and reserve driver with the new Spanish team.
We reported recently that although Sakon Yamamoto had joined the team with a similar role, Hispania boss Colin Kolles was eyeing a second experienced driver to compliment race rookies Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok.
Austrian Klien, 27, is a veteran of nearly 50 grands prix with Jaguar and Red Bull, and more recently was test and reserve driver with Honda and BMW.
“He is a young and fast driver,” Kolles said in a statement on Wednesday.
He said Klien will drive in Barcelona on Friday morning and also maintain his role in 2010 with Peugeot’s Le Mans sports car team.
“We look forward to having Christian alongside us in Barcelona later this week so he can spend some valuable familiarisation time with the team,” added Kolles.