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Daruvala wins in Abu Dhabi as Piastri seals 2021 F2 title | Autocar India

Written by Gulati

Revealed On Dec 12, 2021 03:57:00 PM

Daruvala efficiently fended off Drugovich to attain his second F2 win this season.

Jehan Daruvala returned to the highest step of the rostrum, with a hard-earned win on the Abu Dhabi GP’s first Dash Race. The identical race additionally noticed Oscar Piastri clinch the 2021 F2 title as he crossed the road in third place.

  • Daruvala picks up his second win of the season
  • Piastri wins third junior championship in three years

Daruvala wins Abu Dhabi GP Dash Race 1

Qualifying has usually been Daruvala and his workforce Carlin’s shortcoming this season, with the Indian racer declaring that the workforce has struggled to search out that optimum one-lap tempo. He managed to qualify 10th for the function race, however there was a silver lining to this – it handed him pole place for the reverse-grid Dash Race 1.

He acquired a great launch initially, however quickly needed to defend from Felipe Drugovich. The Brazilian managed to tug alongside Daruvala twice on the primary lap, however the Indian was in a position to maintain on to the lead. The 2 maintained place for the following few laps, however by the mid-way level, Drugovich as soon as once more began placing strain on Daruvala.

However the Purple Bull junior had expertly managed his tyres to efficiently defend from Drugovich. In the direction of the top of the race, he’d pulled open a ample hole to comfortably cross the road first, taking his second win of the season.

“After struggling within the early a part of the weekend, it’s implausible to win right here. I used to be underneath a whole lot of strain within the first few laps in addition to afterward. However I remained assured and actually loved the racing. It’s a great end result for the workforce, so thanks to everybody who has labored arduous to make this occur,” mentioned Daruvala.

He completed Dash Race 2 in seventh place. He adopted that up with a 11th place end result within the function race, after receiving a penalty for dashing within the pit lane.

Piastri topped F2 champion

Piastri’s cost from 10th to 3rd in Dash Race 1 was sufficient for him to wrap up the 2021 F2 drivers’ championship. With this, the Australian completes a formidable hat-trick, having received the 2020 F3 championship and 2019 Method Renault Trophy.

He’s solely the third F2 rookie champion, following within the footsteps of Charles Leclerc and George Russell. The end result has additionally helped Prema win the Groups’ Championship.

Piastri additional wrapped up the season in fashion, successful the ultimate function race as effectively. He’ll now be eyeing a seat in F1; he’s already been introduced as Alpine’s official F1 reserve driver for 2022.

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