Kush Maini Scores Vital Points On F2 Debut
After placing in the points in both Bahrain’s sprint and feature races, Indian driver Kush Maini has had a successful start to his FIA Formula 2 career. He competed for Campos Racing and finished seventh in the sprint race before taking fourth in the main race.
Jehan Daruvala, meanwhile, pushed through the pack to finish sixth in the sprint race. However, he only managed to finish P17 in the main race, which was a more disappointing event.
Maini advanced to F2 with Campos Racing this season after finishing 14th in the F3 championship the previous year. In his first qualifying attempt, he recorded the sixth-fastest time, earning him the fifth starting spot in the reverse grid sprint race. He dropped a few spots in the beginning, but he made a strong comeback to place seventh, with teammate Ralph Boschung taking first place.
He got off to a much better start in the main event and was up to second position going into the first bend.
Zane Maloney, who used his fresher tires to move up from 18th on the grid to third in the race, eventually had to pass Maini, who had been in contention for the podium right up until the very finish. A lights-to-flag win went to Theo Pourchaire over Boschung.
Kush Maini, who came in fourth, almost missed the podium. Nonetheless, the Indian scored a lot of points in his first F2 race. With a total of 14 points, he is presently fourth in the rankings, only one point behind Maloney.
Two Indians are in the F2 grid this year. In addition to Jehan Daruvala, who is launching his fourth F2 season with the defending champions MP Motorsport, Maini is also making his debut.
Daruvala manoeuvred his way through the competition to take sixth place in the sprint event after starting from grid position 11. He claimed in a post-race interview that he thought his pace was good enough for a podium finish in the main event, but that didn’t happen. After being given a five-second fine for speeding in the pit lane, he ultimately placed 17th.
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