Jehan Daruvala brings F2 campaign back on track with maiden feature race win | Racing News

MONZA (Italy): India Jehan Daruvala earned his first FIA race win Formula 2 Championship Sunday to make it a double podium weekend for himself.
After three tough rounds, Jehan finally got the car to fight for the podiums and he didn’t disappoint. The Prema rider finished third in the sprint race on Saturday.
Jehan, who was in the top 3 of the classification at one stage, had slipped well out of the top five.
With 31 points this weekend, he jumped to fifth place in the standings with 126 points. The final will take place in Abu Dhabi in November and he still has a chance to finish third in the championship.
The Indian driver is in his third and likely final season in Formula 2. He recently tested a Formula 1 car with McLaren, but a racing seat for next season looks tough at this stage.
On Sunday, the 23-year-old started sixth on the grid but used a mix of strategy, race craft and tire management to capitalize on a safety car and a red-flagged race and clinch a comfortable victory around the sacred “Temple of Speed”. ‘.
This win was Jehan’s first this season. It was also his sixth top three finish at Monza and his second victory on the track after the Indian’s win last year.
“What a weekend,” said Jehan.
“It took a while to come. Victory was taken away from us for one reason or another on more than one occasion this year. But we kept our heads down, kept believing, kept pushing and we finally got it. ‘is made.
“And what a place to do it too! Monza is up there with one of my all time favorite tracks and standing on the top step of this amazing podium, on the main straight with the Indian national anthem being played , feels so, so special.”
Jehan made a good breakaway, but starting on the dirty side of the grid got bogged down after the initial start.
Nonetheless, he was sixth as the field passed through the first chicane but lost a place to Juri Vips as he stood up in anticipation of a safety car after a shunt on the first lap involving Ralph Boschung and Théo Pourchaire.
The safety car was only deployed later, however, and Jehan was forced to defend against Jack Doohan in the race to Roggia’s second chicane.
The pair went wheel-to-wheel in the braking zone with Logan Sargeant making it three wide in the chicane. Doohan, with Jehan on the inside and Sargeant on the outside, had nowhere to go and ended up colliding with Jehan.
The Red Bull-backed rider, however, suffered only minor damage and continued as the safety car was finally deployed.
The race resumed at the end of the 5th lap with Jehan in seventh position. But a crash by Calan Williams at the Ascari chicane brought the safety car back on lap 8.
Jehan seized the opportunity to pit, with the perfectly timed pit stop eventually moving him into third place once his other rivals pitted.
That left him perfectly placed to fight for the win as the red flag was deployed for lane workers to clear Williams’ jammed Trident and repair the barriers.

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