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Maini enjoys podium finish in GP3 Series in Abu Dhabi

25 Nov 2017, 20:34 IST

Abu Dhabi, Nov 25 (PTI) Young Indian racer Arjun Maini, who is Haas F1 development driver, started off the last race weekend of the GP3 Series with a podium finish in the first race at the Yas Marina Circuit.

Maini who qualified P5 on Friday, finished third after tyre of the car ahead of him deflated.

The JK Tyre and TVS supported driver started the race strongly, taking P4 into the corner of the first lap itself. The front four managed to break away from the rest of the pack by lap 5 with a healthy 5-second gap separating P4 and P5.

Despite a couple of virtual safety cars out on track, the front four kept pulling away. An intense battle for P5 and P6 between Ticktum, Lorandi, Schothorst and Boccolacci allowed Arjun to steadily cement his position till the last few laps of the race.

On the penultimate lap of the race, Pulcini's left-rear tyre deflated and allowed Arjun to secure a podium just as Arjun made a pass on him.

"It's great to be on the podium again after Barcelona. The Yas Marina Circuit has always been a very competitive track and getting a podium here is indeed a spectacular feeling. This was a tough race, and hopefully I am able to carry on this momentum into Race 2 and end the season on a high," Maini said

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