Maini impresses on return to Silverstone

The Haas F1 development driver managed to maintain fifth place despite pressure from team-mate Lorandi in the final stages. Arjun is now placed seventh in the Driver’s Championship with 36 points.

Maini started his race weekend at Silverstone finishing just outside the top-10 in the free practice session on Thursday.   -  Special Arrangement

It was a good weekend for Arjun Maini as the Indian finished at sixth and fifth places in Race 1 and Race 2.

The Haas F1 development driver managed to maintain fifth place despite pressure from team-mate Lorandi in the final stages. Arjun is now placed seventh in the Driver’s Championship with 36 points.

Maini started his race weekend at Silverstone finishing just outside the top-10 in the free practice session on Thursday. The driver qualified eighth in an extremely close session with the top-10 drivers all within eight hundredth of second off pole. He finished strong after losing a few places at the start, completing Race 1 in seventh before a post-race penalty to Boccolacci saw Arjun gain a position to finish 6th overall.

After all the penalties were applied, Arjun was set to start Race 2 in P3 on account of the reverse-grid rule. Arjun started off well, but dropped a few places in the middle of the race before good defensive driving at the closing stages ensured he warded off pressure from teammate Lorandi to take fifth place in the sprint race.

“It was nice to be back at Silverstone where I had made my GP3 debut a year ago, I am pleased with my performance here and am glad to finish in the points in both races after a disappointing result at Austria. With the Formula 1 drivers all set to descend upon Silverstone in a bit, I am excited to watch from the HAAS F1 Garages,” Maini said.

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