Racing at the historic Imola circuit on the fringes of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Maini’s weekend was hampered by changing weather conditions during qualifying, which was interrupted by a red flag five minutes from the end.
Despite not being able to show his true potential, Maini qualified in 10th place.
On Saturday, Maini started the sprint race third and was involved in battles in the top five when an unfortunate drive-through penalty jeopardized his race. The Indian eventually turned 20.
Maini would recover on Sunday. In mixed conditions again due to a downpour on the eve of the race, Maini put up a stubborn ride, gaining five positions to finish fifth and securing 10 points for his championship.
“It was another weekend of learning and I’m glad we were able to finish the weekend strong,” said Maini.
“Fifth place reflects our potential more accurately and I’m confident we could have finished in the top five had other factors been right in the sprint race.”
The series runs as a support race for the main F1 weekend and will transition into the Barcelona Circuit in Spain from May 20th to 22nd.
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