F1 gets a new Indian driver

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Haas sign Indian racer Arjun Maini. Image Source: wikipedia

Internet Desk: Arjun Maini, a teenage racer from India has joined the US-based Hass Formula One side as a development driver with 18-year-old American driver Santino Ferrucci.

Nineteen-year-old Maini is competing in GP3 for Jenzer Motorsport this year after running 14 of the 18 races last season. Despite missing the first four rounds, he finished 10th in the championship standings with a best result of second place at the Hungaroring in Budapest.

“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 on Thursday.

“I am eager to learn, understand and experience how a Formula One team operates. 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 program.

“As Haas F1 Team continues to mature, we must look toward our future and develop potential talent,” said team principal Guenther Steiner, whose current racers are Frenchman Romain Grosjean and Denmark’s Kevin Magnussen.

“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.”

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