GP3: Arjun Maini finishes seventh in Barcelona

The Indian endured a tough race in the first round of the season on Saturday.

Arjun Maini was recently inducted by Haas F1 as a development driver.   -  Jakob Ebrey

India’s Arjun Maini had a tough race in the first round of the GP3 season in Barcelona on Saturday, finishing seventh. The Indian, who was recently inducted by Haas F1 as a development driver, qualified sixth for race one on Saturday morning. Arjun could have qualified higher after he did a personal best time in sector one on his lap in qualifying, but he failed to improve in the remaining two sectors.

The 19-year old was furious with himself in the cockpit after that lap.

In the race, Arjun had a good start and moved up one place on the opening lap, but he couldn’t keep pace with the leaders. He was first passed by his Italian team-mate Alessio Lorandi on lap nine and on lap 11 was passed by George Russell. Arjun then improved his pace and tried to get back the spot from Russell but couldn't, and on lap 19 he was passed by Anthoine Hubert.

Japanese driver Nirei Fukuzumi won the race after pole-sitter Jack Aitken, who was running second retired with an issue to his car on lap 16. Leonardo Pulcini and Lorandi completed the podium. For the reverse grid second race, Arjun will start second.

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