Kush Maini has become the newest member of the Alpine Academy, the French team have announced.

Driving for Campos Racing in his rookie Formula 2 campaign, the 23-year-old scored his maiden podium with third in the Melbourne Sprint Race. Additionally, he has achieved 11 point-scoring finishes so far this season and currently sits 11th in the Drivers' Championship.

“I am super excited to be joining the Alpine Academy," said Maini. "It’s a dream come true to be associated with a team like BWT Alpine F1 Team, where I can learn and grow to hopefully one day be ready to take the step into Formula 1. A massive thank you to Alpine for believing in me and giving me this opportunity.”

The Indian driver is the third Alpine Academy member on the 2023 grid, alongside Invicta Virtuosi Racing's Jack Doohan and Victor Martins at ART Grand Prix.

Julian Rouse, BWT Alpine F1 Team Interim Sporting Director added: “We are happy to welcome Kush into the Alpine Academy. He is a young talent who we believe has strong potential and will be a great asset to our driver development programme.

"The Alpine Academy will enter its ninth year in 2024 and currently features nine drivers of eight nationalities, spanning four different series from FIA Formula 2 through to European Karting. The continual expansion of the Academy’s talent pool runs in parallel to the expansion of our facilities at Enstone with the development of our new state-of-the-art training and testing facilities, the AHPC, underway.”