Arjun Maini says he is focussing on small steps, goals to ship few podium finishes at DTM Championship

Arjun Maini says he is focussing on small steps, goals to ship few podium finishes at DTM Championship

The 2021 DTM begins on 18 June with eight rounds and 16 races scheduled throughout distinguished European racetracks akin to Nurburgring, Monza, Assen, Hockenheimring and extra.

Arjun Maini says he's focussing on small steps, aims to deliver few podium finishes at DTM Championship

File picture of Arjun Maini. Picture courtesy: Arjun Maini

New Delhi: The primary Indian driver to safe a full-time racing deal in Germany’s DTM sequence, Arjun Maini has no qualms conceding that he can be up in opposition to a really tough subject however is nonetheless hopeful of some podium finishes together with his Mercedes-AMG Efficiency Staff GetSpeed.

The 23-year-old from Bengaluru can be seen in motion on the DTM touring automobile championship in June.

“All people is aware of how huge the DTM championship is and I adopted it whereas rising up as nicely and now to be part of DTM as a Mercedes-AMG driver is an honour. I’m actually excited,” Arjun stated throughout a digital press convention.

“Each driver will say they wish to win however it is vitally tough line-up this time and we now have to maintain our foot down and heads above shoulders and hold working from day one.

“We had a great begin final week. After all we wish to ship some podiums and race wins however I’m focussing on the small steps that we have to take to make it doable.”

The 2021 DTM begins on 18 June with eight rounds and 16 races scheduled throughout distinguished European racetracks akin to Nurburgring, Monza, Assen, Hockenheimring and extra.

The opening spherical of the season takes place from from 18-20 June in Monza, Italy.

Speaking about competitors, Arjun stated: “It will likely be loopy and actually excessive, I’m anticipating that, I’ve to the on the high of my recreation and must be constantly performing on the highest degree.

“You do not know what the competitors is till the primary qualifying in Monza. There are a number of good drivers and groups. It’s nice to be the primary Indian driver at DTM and hopefully will have the ability to get some outcomes to the Indian crew.”

On the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Arjun stated: “Journey will be fairly tough nowadays. It’s similar for everybody. What is going on on the earth will not be supreme. Simply trying to get again to racing.”

Requested if he’s additionally eyeing a stint in Method One after this, Arjun stated: “Not likely, It has nothing to do with F1. My focus is on getting my efficiency collectively and I’m not nervous about what comes later.”

Arjun had grow to be solely the third Indian after Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok to contest within the prestigious 24 hours of LeMans race.

Acknowledging their position, he stated: “Karun and Narain each have been supportive of me. It’s good to have two principal males of Indian motorsports serving to me with recommendation that I wanted.”

Arjun began his racing profession with karting in 2006. He received the Indian junior championship in 2011 and took half within the ‘One from a Billion’ Hunt, which was run by former Method 1 crew Pressure India.

Because the winner, he was given the chance to race karts in Europe. In 2013, he switched to single-seater racing, during which he loved success within the F4 British Championship.

Arjun’s profession took him, through the Method 3 European Championship and the GP3 Collection, into the FIA Method 2 Championship, during which he drove in 2018 and 2019 however with out a lot luck and success.

In 2019-2020, he raced within the European Le Mans Collection and within the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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