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Haas signs Arjun Maini as F1 development driver

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Haas has announced the signing of 18-year-old Arjun Maini in a development role for its Formula 1 team ahead of the 2017 season.

Maini, 19, hails from India and finished 10th in last year’s GP3 Series despite missing the first four races of the season, and is set to race in the championship once again this year.

Maini will balance his racing commitments with a development role at Haas, where he will work alongside fellow GP3 racer Santino Ferrucci, who was confirmed to be returning to the American team for 2017 earlier this week.

“It’s an honor to be a part of Haas F1 Team’s driver development program. 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,” Maini 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 F1 Team continues to mature, we must look toward our future and develop potential talent,” added team principal Guenther Steiner.

“Arjun was successful in karting and has transitioned well to various Formula series and now GP3. We’ll keep a keen eye on his progress this year.”

Video highlights from Sunday’s Dakar Rally Stage 8: Bikes, Cars, Quads, Trucks

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Sunday’s Stage 8 of the Dakar Rally brought the race into the final country it will compete in, Argentina.

Monday’s Stage 9 was cancelled after bad weather made course conditions impassible for racing. Stage 10 picks up Tuesday morning. The overall Rally ends Saturday.

Here’s some of Sunday’s key video highlights:

BIKES

Antoine Meo wins Stage 8.

QUADS 

Simon Vitse wins Stage 8.

CARS

Stephane Peterhansel wins Stage 8.

TRUCKS

Dmitry Sotnikov wins Stage 8.