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F2: Daruvala second in Azerbaijan GP dash; Security Automotive derails shot at victory | Autocar India

Written by Gulati

Regardless of main many of the race, Daruvala needed to accept P2 after dropping out to Vesti on the second Security Automotive restart.

It was a day of what ifs for Jehan Daruvala in at this time’s F2 Azerbaijan GP dash race. The Indian was on target to clinch his first victory this season, however a number of Security Automobiles hindered that. Having misplaced out to Frederik Vesti on the second restart, he needed to accept second place. That is his fifth podium end in six rounds.

  • The dash race noticed three Security Automotive restarts
  • Daruvala holds on to 3rd place general in championship

Daruvala stormed previous Jake Hughes and Vesti at first to take an early lead. As these behind him wrestled for place, the Purple Bull junior set about opening a niche. And he managed to try this just for his result in be wiped away when his Prema teammate Dennis Hauger crashed on Lap 14, bringing out the Security Automotive.

Racing resumed on lap 17 and Daruvala did nicely to defend his lead. But it surely wasn’t lengthy earlier than the Security Automotive deployed as soon as once more after Enzo Fittipaldi made contact with Juri Vips. This time round, Daruvala wasn’t capable of replicate the near-perfect restart he’d pulled off final time. He locked up, permitting Vesti to comb previous him within Flip 1 and take the lead.

However Daruvala would have one other likelihood. The Security Automotive got here out for the third time on lap 19 of 21, with Richard Verschoor within the barrier. This set the stage for a closing lap shootout between Daruvala and Vesti for victory.

Vesti held on on the restart, leaving Daruvala to battle it out with fellow Purple Bull junior Liam Lawson. Nonetheless, he managed to maintain Lawson at bay to carry on to second place, whereas Vesti secured his maiden F2 win.

“This one hurts,” Daruvala admitted after the race. “However [it’s] nonetheless a P2 end. I had an superior begin to get into the lead after which simply managed the race from there till the security vehicles. The automobile was nice all race, however a small lock up on the restart value us the win at this time. On to tomorrow.”

Daruvala might be beginning tomorrow’s function race from eighth on the grid. He nonetheless holds on third place within the standings with 61 factors – 56 factors behind present championship lead Felipe Drugovich and 22 factors behind Theo Pourchaire.

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