Maini Joins Haas as Development Driver
Arjun Maini has signed as Haas’ newest development driver, joining fellow GP3 racer Santino Ferrucci.
Maini gets the role after racing in Formula 1’s feeder series since last summer with Jenzer Motorsport, taking a best result of second in Hungary’s sprint race. He finished 10th in the Drivers’ Championship with 50 points, the best of anyone who didn’t complete the full year.
The Indian was also the highest-placed Jenzer driver on the table, getting most of the team’s 68 points.
He is thankful to have the possible opportunity to become India’s second F1 driver as no-one from the country has raced since his mentor Karun Chandhok for Caterham in Germany in 2011.
“It’s an honor to be a part of Haas F1 Team’s driver development program,” he said. “All of my racing to date has been with the focus of becoming a F1 driver, and this opportunity puts me one step closer to my goal. I am eager to learn, understand and experience how a team operates. Everything I learn can be used immediately in GP3 while preparing for my ultimate goal.”
Team principal Guenther Steiner believes it is vital that Haas prepares for years to come while working with current drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen.
“As Haas continues to mature, we must look towards our future and develop potential talent,” he said. “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.”
Who is Arjun Maini?
Maini has graduated through junior series in recent years after moving from Asia to Europe competition. The 19-year-old’s resume includes winning four events in British Formula 4 in 2014 and finishing fourth overall in the Toyota Racing Series in 2015.
While in the Toyota series he competed against a good caliber of competitors including now-Williams F1 driver Lance Stroll and current GP2 drivers Artem Markelov and Sergio Sette Camara.
In 14 GP3 starts, he has amassed three top-fives and eight top-10’s.
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