The Indian will attend several F1 races with Haas and undertake a simulator programme with the team.

Arjun Maini, who races in GP3, has been signed by the Haas Formula 1 team as a development driver. He will join fellow GP3 driver American Santino Ferrucci in the role.

Maini finished second in the 2014 British BRDC F4 Championship and completed a season-and-a-half in Formula 3. He then made a mid-season switch to GP3 last year. The 19-year-old finished 10th in the championship and will continue to race with Jenzer Motorsport in the series this year.

“All of my racing to date has been with the focus of becoming a Formula 1 driver, and this opportunity puts me one step closer to my goal,” he said. “I am eager to learn, understand and experience how a Formula 1 team operates. Everything I learn can be used immediately in GP3 while preparing for my ultimate goal of Formula 1."

"As Haas continues to mature, we must look towards our future and develop potential talent," team principal Gunther Steiner stated. "Arjun was successful in karting and has transitioned well to various series and now GP3. We'll keep a keen eye on his progress this year," he added.

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