Arjun blurring the lines between dream and reality

12-05-2017
DH

Some dreams do come true, as Arjun Maini might be thinking after making his way into the glitzy world of Formula One.

On Thursday, the Bengaluru boy was named as Haas F1 Team’s development driver, making him the third Indian driver after Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok to be part of a Formula One team. Incidentally, Chandhok had played a key role in helping the youngster reach where he is today.

For this 19-year-old, who has harboured F1 ambitions all his life, Thursday’s news put him on cloud nine.“All my life, I have aimed at getting into Formula One and now I realise that I’m so much closer.”
“It’s a massive boost for my racing career because the visibility that you get in F1 is really good,” he added.Arjun will work in tandem with another development driver American Santino Ferucci, who received a contract extension.
The duo will get to travel with the team, interact with the engineers and even use the race simulator.Focus on Formula 3 But Arjun maintains that, even as he learns as much as possible during the stint, his main focus will not shift from doing well in Formula 3.

“I definitely want to learn as much as I can from the Haas team about developing as an F1 driver but I am equally focused on doing well in the GP3.” Having imparted his invaluable experience in the sport to the youngster, Chandhok has seen the results with Arjun.

While expressing his delight at the news, Chandhok also took the tone of a strict taskmaster. “It’s fantastic for him to be associated with an F1 team but he has to put his head down now and learn as much as he can.

“It can get very tiring mentally and he’ll have to learn to overcome such adversity.” Chandhok also charted out what Arjun has to do to ensure he gets an F1 drive in the future. “From here on he has to keep winning on the GP3 circuit. That’s the only way he’ll even stand a chance of making it in the big league.

If he can make it to the top-five in GP3 then it will be a matter of time before he gets a drive with an Formula One team.”

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