Maini Positive Ahead of Feature Race P1 Start

Maini Positive Ahead of Feature Race P1 Start

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Indian driver Kush Maini says he’s looking forward to Saturday’s FIA Formula 2 Feature Race, which he will start from pole position in Saudi Arabia. 

In an ironic quirk of fate, Maini has been promoted to pole position after PREMA driver Oliver Bearman, who had pipped Maini to pole, was withdrawn as he fills in for Carlos Sainz for the Ferrari F1 team. 

Maini, 23,  inherits pole seven days after being forced to start from the back in Bahrain having been disqualified from Qualifying which he had topped.

The Alpine Academy driver picked up a point in Friday’s Sprint Race after Trident’s Richard Verschoor was disqualified following his victory. 

This handed victory to MP Motorsport’s Dennis Hauger.

Maini said his Sprint Race was ‘tough’.

“We made a good start and it looked positive, but we struggled a bit with the Safety Car restarts and we lost a few positions,” the Indian said.

“I am positive for [the]  Feature Race. Today [the Sprint Race] was more about collecting data and we will aim to use it in the right way.

“We all know what to do [in the Feature Race] and I am looking forward to it.”

F3 champion says Jeddah Sprint Race was ‘compromised’

Maini’s F2 rookie team mate Gabriel Bortoleto was also frustrated with his Sprint Race result of P12, which became P10 because both Trident drivers was excluded.

Bortoleto, 19, said his race was hindered at the start.

“It was not the easiest race today,” the Brazilian said, adding: “I needed to brake to avoid the car in front at the start to avoid crashing into him which compromised us from the beginning.

“Being stuck in a DRS train limited our progress in the race today. We will keep pushing for tomorrow as that is where the big points will be.”

While Maini starts the Feature Race on Saturday (13:30 UK/16:30 local) from pole, reigning Formula 3 champ Bortoleto will be aiming to make up places from 14th.

Image: Formula Motorsport Limited

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