Maini joins Haas team

New Straits Times - - Sport -

BARCELONA: In­dian teenager Ar­jun Maini has joined the USowned Haas For­mula One team as a de­vel­op­ment driver along­side 18-year-old Amer­i­can Santino Fer­rucci.

Orig­i­nally from Ban­ga­lore, the 19-year-old moved to Europe ini­tially af­ter win­ning the Force In­dia For­mula One team’s ‘One in a Bil­lion’ In­dian driver tal­ent com­pe­ti­tion in 2011.

He is cur­rently com­pet­ing in the GP3 sup­port series.

“All of my rac­ing to date has been with the fo­cus of be­com­ing a For­mula One driver, and this op­por­tu­nity puts me one step closer to my goal,” he said in a Haas state­ment at the Span­ish Grand Prix yes­ter­day.

“I am ea­ger to learn, un­der­stand and ex­pe­ri­ence how a For­mula One team op­er­ate. Ev­ery­thing I learn can be used im­me­di­ately in GP3 while pre­par­ing for my ul­ti­mate goal of For­mula One.”

Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chand­hok are the only In­di­ans to have raced in For­mula One, with the for­mer scor­ing points when he fin­ished fourth for Jor­dan in the six-car US Grand Prix of 2005.

In­dia also hosted a grand prix at the Buddh In­ter­na­tional Cir­cuit near New Delhi be­tween 2011-2013.

Haas, who are Fer­rari pow­ered and work closely with the Ital­ian team, made their For­mula One de­but last sea­son and fin­ished eighth over­all.

The team said the de­vel­op­ment drivers would be “em­bed­ded” with them, at­tend­ing races and tests through­out the year while also tak­ing part in their sim­u­la­tor pro­gramme. Reuters

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