F2 rookie Kush Maini has enjoyed a strong start to his FIA Formula 2 career.
In his first 14 F2 races, the driver from Bangalore has scored 49 points, including a Sprint Race podium in Australia.
We caught up with the 22-year-old in Austria, and our man in the paddock, Fraser Ford asked what Maini put his form down to.
“I definitely suit the Formula 2 cars better,” Maini told us. He added: “[I’m] working really well with the team and there’s a lot of hard work off the track as well.”
Last year, in Formula 3, Maini scored 31 points with a best result of third in the Sprint Race in Hungary, but only three other points finishes.
Putting that into context, Maini said: “I came from no racing the year before (2021), so I was definitely rusty.”
And with that rustiness shaken off, Maini and his Campos team, have arguably performed above expectations.
In 2022, Campos finished bottom of the FIA Formula 2 Team Standings, scoring 67 points, Swiss driver Ralph Boschung collecting two Sprint Race podiums in Monaco and Belgium.
While Boschung started 2023 with a Sprint Race win, Feature Race second place and fourth place in the opening three races, Maini has picked up a steady stream of points throughout the year.
The Indian driver scored in eight of the first ten races, although his sixth-place finish in Monaco is currently his last points-scoring result.
Maini told us: “The speed is always there”, as showcased by qualifying fourth in Austria.
Over the course of the season, the Campos driver has an average qualifying position of ninth (9.42 actual), with Spielberg his best of the season so far.
Unfortunately for Maini, neither race in the Styrian mountains yielded any points, as he finished a penalised (post-race) 16th in the Sprint Race, before retiring from the Feature Race, won in stunning fashion by Richard Verschoor.
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