Arjun Maini bags development driver role with Haas F1 Team
Arjun Maini will become the third Indian racer after Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok to become the part of a Formula 1 team.other sports Updated: May 11, 2017 18:56 IST
Formula 1 team Haas has signed Indian racer Arjun Maini as a development driver alongside 18-year-old American Santino Ferrucci.
The 19-year-old Maini is competing in the GP3 Series for Jenzer Motorsport after running 14 of the 18 races in 2016. Despite missing the first four races, Maini finished 10th in the championship with a best finish of second, earned on July 23 at the Hungaroring in Budapest.
“It’s an honour to be a part of Haas F1 Team’s driver development programme. All of my racing to date has been with the focus of becoming a Formula 1 driver and this opportunity puts me one step closer to my goal,” Maini said.
“I am eager to learn, understand and experience how a Formula 1 team operates. Everything I learn can be used immediately in GP3 while preparing for my ultimate goal of Formula 1.”
Maini will be embedded with Haas F1 Team at every opportunity, attending races and tests throughout the year while also participating in the team’s simulator programme.
Haas made their debut in 2016, becoming the first American Formula 1 team in 30 years. Now in its second season, they are looking to build upon their first year where they finished eighth in the constructors standings with 29 points.
“Arjun was successful in karting and has transitioned well to various Formula series and now GP3. We’ll keep a keen eye on his progress this year,” said Haas team principal Guenther Steiner.
The GP3 Series runs in conjunction with Formula 1 from May 12-14 at the Spanish Grand Prix, July 7-9 at the Austrian GP, July 14-16 at the British GP, July 28-30 at the Hungarian GP, August 25-27 at the Belgian GP, September 1-3 at the Italian GP and November 24-26 at the Abu Dhabi GP.