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F2: Daruvala returns to the rostrum in France | Autocar India

Written by Gulati

Jehan Daruvala completed second within the French GP Dash Race; stays fourth total in standings.

Jehan Daruvala bounced again from a run of poor leads to Silverstone and Austria to complete on the rostrum in France – his sixth podium look this season. Regardless of missing the tempo of a few of the frontrunners, Daruvala held on to complete second within the Dash Race.

  • Daruvala second in French GP Dash Race
  • P10 to P7 in Characteristic Race
  • 4th total, 79 factors off the lead

Daruvala second in French GP dash race

Daruvala certified 10th for the characteristic race, however there was a silver lining – this handed him pole for the dash race below the reverse grid guidelines. He held on to that lead after a powerful begin, however fellow Purple Bull junior Liam Lawson was mounting the stress. Utilizing his Carlin automobile’s superior straight-line velocity, Lawson swept across the outdoors into Flip 1 to take the lead.  Moreover, the Indian was left struggling for tempo after making mild contact with Lawson throughout that transfer.

Marcus Armstrong tried a transfer on Lap 19, forcing Daruvala to take the escape street – a transfer for which Armstrong was handed a five-second penalty. With the Hitech driver left defending from a crowd of drivers behind him, Daruvala was in a position to maintain on to second place.

P7 in characteristic race

Beginning 10th on the grid for the Characteristic Race was not ultimate, however his technique to go for an extended opening stint noticed him end seventh total. It was one other Purple Bull junior who took victory, with rookie Ayumu Iwasa taking his maiden F2 win.

However, Daruvala is joyful to be strolling away with an honest factors haul after a post-race penalty in Austria noticed him lose out on a possible win. “It’s good to be again on the rostrum after what occurred in Silverstone and Austria. We had been combating tempo down the straights however had some good battles to complete second,” mentioned Daruvala, who lately accomplished his second F1 check with McLaren.

The Indian added, “we’d have completed even larger within the Characteristic Race with our technique to run a protracted first stint, however we gambled on a security automobile and stayed out a bit longer than ultimate. Apart from that, it was a strong weekend for us. We nonetheless have some areas to work on and I’m assured we’ll come again stronger subsequent weekend in Hungary.”

2022 F2 standings

The French GP noticed Daruvala add 14 extra factors to his tally, however he’s nonetheless fourth total – 22 factors behind Logan Sargeant, 40 factors behind Theo Pourchaire and 79 factors behind chief Felipe Drugovich. With this possible being Daruvala’s last 12 months in F2, he’ll be hoping to seek out extra tempo to begin qualifying up forward if he needs to affix the championship battle.

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