Kush Maini finishes first Alpine Formula 1 test: Interview.

Indian racing driver Kush Maini took a significant step towards his Formula 1 dream by completing over 110 laps behind the wheel of the 2022-spec Alpine F1 car at the Red Bull Ring. This marked his first full F1 test session, where he covered more than 500km on the Austrian Grand Prix venue.

Maini described the test as a “massive booster” for his racing career, emphasizing that it showcased his capability of driving an F1 car at a fast pace. He expressed his gratitude towards Alpine for providing him with the opportunity to showcase his skills.

Prior to this test, Maini had a brief experience driving an F1 car after joining Alpine’s young driver program last year. However, technical issues hampered the session, limiting him to just one outlap in the 2021-spec A521 at the Bahrain International Circuit. This recent test, conducted as part of Alpine’s Testing of Previous Cars program, allowed Maini to gain valuable experience and demonstrate his potential as a future F1 driver.

Reflecting on his experience with the modern era ground effect car, Maini acknowledged the advancements in technology and highlighted the confidence the F1 car instilled in him. He compared driving the F1 car to his current F2 car, noting the difference in procedures and performance.

Looking ahead, Maini has three more F1 testing days scheduled for this year, but his immediate focus remains on excelling in F2. Despite facing challenges in recent rounds, he remains optimistic about reclaiming his form and aiming for the championship title.

With aspirations to become the third Indian driver in F1, following in the footsteps of Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok, Maini hopes to not only achieve his personal dream but also contribute to growing the motorsport culture in India. By breaking into F1, he aims to inspire and pave the way for aspiring young racers in his home country.

Through determination and hard work, Kush Maini is determined to make his mark in the world of motorsport and put India on the global racing map.

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