Arjun Maini set for Formula 2 debut

Along with racing for Trident in F2 Championship, Arjun will continue his association with Haas F1 Team as a development driver.

Arjun Maini will compete for Trident Motorsport in the FIA Formula 2 Championship in 2018.   -  Special Arrangement

Arjun Maini will compete in the 2018 season of FIA Formula 2 Championship with Trident Motorsport.

Along with racing for Trident, Arjun will continue his association with Haas F1 Team as a development driver, which will see him embedded with the team, attending races and tests throughout the year while also participating in the team’s simulator program.

Arjun moves to the F2 after competing in the GP3 Series where he achieved a historical victory at Barcelona, as the first Indian to win a race in the GP3 Series and followed the victory with a podium in Race 1 at the season ending Abu Dhabi round.  His victory in Barcelona was also judged the best win of the year by the GP3 paddock.

Arjun shared, "I’m very excited to be competing in the FIA Formula 2 championship with Trident Motorsport. I felt we were quite competitive during the post-season test and given that the series is using all new cars for the coming season, I’m quite excited for the year ahead. Trident is a very strong team and I’m sure if we work hard we’ll be in for some strong results during the course of the season.”

Testing in the post-season FIA F2 as a rookie, Arjun topped two out of the six sessions.

Trident, a team based in Italy began competing in the GP2 Series (now FIA Formula 2) in the year 2006 and was founded by Italian entertainment mogul Maurizio Salvadori.

Team owner Maurizio Salvadori said, “Arjun is an undoubtedly valuable prospect who has all that it takes to be among the future stars of motorsports for the years to come. It is certainly not by chance that Haas F1 Team selected him to join their development driver program."

Guenther Steiner, Haas F1 Team Principal, said, “As Haas F1 Team continues to mature, we must look toward our future and develop potential talent. Arjun was successful in karting and has transitioned well to various Formula series, winning quickly in GP3. We’ll keep a keen eye on his progress this year in F2.”

The FIA Formula 2 Championship will get underway at the Sakhir International Circuit in Bahrain from April 6.