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Ma Qing Hua

25th December 1987 (Age 32)
Most recent race (in database):

The first Chinese-born driver to feature during a Formula 1 event or win an FIA-sanctioned World Championship race, Ma Qing Hua’s Grand Prix ambitions were thwarted when the Spanish HRT team closed down before the 2013 season.

Early racing career

Before testing an F1 car for the first time at the 2012 Silverstone rookie session, the previously little-known Ma had appeared intermittently in various single-seater categories without setting pulses racing. That included an A1GP outing in 2005 before six Formula Renault starts with Team Astromega a year later.

He joined the 2008 Spanish Formula 3 Championship at mid-season and seventh at Jerez was the best of three top-10 finishes with a Team West-Tec Dallara F306-Toyota. A couple of British F3 starts during 2009 and appearances in the Chinese rounds of the 2010 Superleague Formula did little to mark out Ma as F1 potential.

Formula 1 test driver with HRT and Caterham

1600cc Chinese Touring Car Champion in 2011, he joined HRT as a development driver in 2012. He tested on the Friday of the Italian, Singapore, Abu Dhabi and United States GP weekends and signed as a race driver for the following season, subject to Super Licence. Unfortunately for Ma, the Spanish minnows closed its doors during the winter. He was Caterham’s Friday test driver 2013 Chinese GP but that was as close as he came to making his F1 debut.

World Touring Car Championship race winner for Citroën

With F1 ambitions at an end, Ma raced for Citroën’s World Touring Car Championship team during 2014 and 2015. He won twice during that time and finished fourth in the 2015 standings. However, Citroën reduced its team from four to two cars in 2016 and Ma was not retained.

He replaced Team Aguri’s Salvador Duran for the last four races of the 2015/16 Formula E season and joined Techeetah for the opening three rounds of season two but without success. He also tested an Adapta-run Ford Fiesta RS WRC during 2016 although a planned switch to rallying was delayed when that year’s Rally China was cancelled.

World Touring Car Cup

Back with Citroën for the 2017 WTCC races at Macau, he drove Boutsen Ginion Racing’s Honda Civic Type-R at the Asian rounds of the following year’s newly reconstituted World Touring Car Cup. Seventh in race three at Wuhan, Ma switched to Team Mulsanne’s Alfa Romeo Giulietta for the 2019 WTCR campaign. That included an outstanding weekend in Slovakia where he finished second in the opening race and won race three by holding off champion-to-be Norbert Michelisz. Further second-place finishes at Vila Real and Ningbo helped Ma claimed 16th in the standings after an inconsistent campaign.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
2019/2020 ABB FIA Formula E Championship
NIO 333 FE Team
5 0 0 0
0% win rate
26th 0
2019 World Touring Car Cup
Team Mulsanne
30 2 4 1
4% win rate
16th 133
2018 World Touring Car Cup
Boutsen Ginion Racing
8 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
30th 7
2017/2018 FIA Formula E Championship
NIO Formula E Team
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
23rd 0
2017 World Touring Car Championship
Sebastien Loeb Racing
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
2016/2017 FIA Formula E Championship
3 0 0 0
0% win rate
25th 0
2015/2016 FIA Formula E Championship
Team Aguri
4 0 0 0
0% win rate
19th 0
2015 World Touring Car Championship
Citroen Total WTCC
24 1 6 1
5% win rate
4th 241
2014 World Touring Car Championship
Citroen Total WTCC
10 0 2 1
10% win rate
13th 69
2013 F1 World Championship
Caterham F1 Team
0 (1) 0 0 0 0
2013 GP2 Series
Caterham Racing
1 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
2012 F1 World Championship
HRT F1 Team
0 (4) 0 0 0 0
2010 Superleague Formula
Team China
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
2008 Spanish F3 Championship 18th 7
2005/2006 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport
Team Astromega
3 0 0 0
0% win rate
2005 F3000 Italia
Team Astromega
1 0 0 0
0% win rate