Hispania has confirmed that Tonio Liuzzi will be its second driver this year. The Italian driver will now join Narain Karthikeyan in HRT's 2011 line-up.
Liuzzi was on the market after losing his Force India seat at the end of 2010. He tested for HRT at Catalunya last month in what the team openly admitted was an audition for the race drive, and has now completed his deal.
"I am really happy to have signed this agreement with Hispania Racing," said Liuzzi.
"I never lost hope to be in Formula 1 as I knew I have the experience and the right attributes for a young and ambitious team. I face a new challenge now and this excites me. I also face a lot of hard work in guiding Hispania Racing through the development of our new car.
Kolles believes the experienced Italian will bring a great deal to HRT as it tries to get closer to the established teams' pace.
"I have known Tonio for many years as he raced with me in lower categories," said Kolles. "He is a very professional driver who will bring a lot of benefits to the team.
The team also confirmed that it will unveil its new F111 on Friday at Barcelona.