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F2: Daruvala lands podium end at Imola | Autocar India

Written by Gulati

Daruvala strikes as much as third general within the 2022 F2 championship after a robust displaying at Imola.

Jehan Daruvala completed second within the F2 Imola GP dash race, to additional bolster his championship cost. The Indian racer has completed on the rostrum in all three F2 rounds this season, and his newest outcomes have propelled him to 3rd within the general standings.

  • Daruvala finishes second in dash race
  • Ninth in function race after ill-timed security automotive
  • Solely racer to have completed each race on the rostrum up to now

Daruvala second in Imola dash race

Ranging from third on the grid, Daruvala shortly moved as much as second after a very good getaway off the road. He was being chased by his Prema teammate Dennis Hauger, however the Norwegian driver couldn’t discover a well beyond Daruvala. The Indian driver upped his tempo after the Digital Security Automotive interval (triggered by Ralph Boschung) ended, and began closing the hole to race chief Marcus Armstrong.

Nevertheless, overtaking is difficult on the slim Imola observe, and Daruvala needed to ultimately accept second place.

Successful tempo

Prema and Daruvala opted for the choice technique within the function race, beginning on medium tyres. However an early security automotive primarily gave all of the drivers who began on comfortable tyres a free pitstop, whereas Daruvala needed to keep out.

He inherited the race lead on Lap 9 and held on to it for a good portion of the race. Hopes for an additional opportunistic Security Automotive didn’t play out. As a substitute, Roy Nissany’s retirement resulted in a Digital Security Automotive and the pit lane being closed, which additional damage all of the medium tyre runners like Daruvala.

By the point he took his obligatory pit cease and re-joined the observe, Daruvala had dropped to 14th place. However he charged up the sector to complete ninth, and set the quickest lap within the course of. It could not have been the outcome he hoped for, however the race did present that he had the tempo to maybe battle for victory, had it not been for the ill-timed security automobiles.

“After the combating for the win yesterday, I used to be clearly hoping for extra,” Daruvala commented. “It’s an actual disgrace the protection automotive got here out when it did as a result of we clearly had the tempo to win.”

“The automotive felt nice, I used to be capable of get into a very good rhythm and I felt very snug within the lead. You’ll be able to at all times dwell on the what-ifs, however my focus now may be very a lot on carrying this momentum into the following spherical in Barcelona.”

2022 F2 championship standings

2022 goes to be a make-or-break season for Daruvala’s F2 aspirations, and up to now, the Indian is actually delivering the outcomes. He’s the one F2 driver this 12 months to have completed on the rostrum in each spherical up to now, and can be the main Crimson Bull junior within the standings.

He’s at the moment third general, simply two factors behind second-placed Liam Lawson and 16 factors behind Felipe Drugovich.

The following F2 spherical will probably be held on Could 20-22 at Spain’s Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

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