Remember Haas F1? The iconic American F1 racing team. Well, the Kannapolis-based outfit has some big news for this week. GP3 Series driver Arjun Maini has joined the Haas F1 Racing team as their new development driver alongside American racer Santino Ferrucci.
According to Motorsport.com, the 19-years-old Indian-born driver is currently competing in GP3 Series for Jenzer Motorsport. Maini’s first major racing achievement came when he finished runner-up in the 2014 British BRDC F4 championship, narrowly beaten by former teammate and now a Mercedes AMG driver George Russell.
The India-born racing driver has made his big racing debut in 2007 when he grabbed his first two championships in the highly competitive MRF Mini Max Championship in both the Rotax class and the 4-stroke Cadet class of the race. After his debut and first title win, Maini decides to compete on foreign soil, where he raced and competed in the action-packed Asia Max championship. Fortunately, Maini’s foreign venture has led to immediate success.
In 2008, the 19-years-old racer has become the youngest Indian to win a kart race abroad when he won the 208 Malaysian Royal Kelatan Kart Prix in Malaysia. Additionally, Maini has also become the youngest driver to take part in the J.K. Tyre Rotax Max Junior National Championship.
In 2013, Maini scored another victory in Formula BMW Super Series in Asia. He also competed in the BRDC Formula 4 championship and finished second place in the overall standing, missing only 3 points to teammate and overall winner George Russell. He finished the BRDC Formula 4 championship with an impressive 8 wins and 9 podium finishes, a performance that listed him as the highest ranked Indian driver in the Driver Database.
Like fellow Haas junior driver, the American racer Santino Ferrucci, Maini will continue to race in GP3 this year. He will also attend several F1 races from Haas F1 Racing team while completing simulator work at Haas’ Banbury facility.
Based in Kannapolis, North Carolina, Haas F1 is an F1 racing team founded and established in 2014 by a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team co-owner Gene Haas. In addition to the North Carolina facility, the Haas team has also established a second forward base in Banbury in Oxfordshire, England. It also the first constructor to submit an F1 entry after the failed US F1 project in 2010.
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