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F2: Daruvala wins chaotic Monza Characteristic Race | Autocar India

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Daruvala luggage a double podium at Monza, with P3 within the Dash Race and victory within the Characteristic Race.

Jehan Daruvala expertly navigated the chaos of the F2 Characteristic Race at Monza to attain his first win this season. After a few tough rounds, a double podium in Italy will undoubtedly bolster the Indian driver’s confidence as he heads into the two-month break.

  • Daruvala wins, 1.970 secs from Vesti
  • First Characteristic Race win for the Indian
  • P3 in Dash Race

Daruvala wins at Monza

Ranging from sixth on the grid, Daruvala did have a short scare when he made contact with Jack Doohan. However he was in a position to keep on because the Security Automobile was introduced out after a string of opening lap retirements.

Racing didn’t resume for lengthy, although, as Calan Williams’ crash as soon as once more introduced out the Security Automobile. Daruvala took full benefit of this and dived into the pits for contemporary tyres simply earlier than the race was finally red-flagged to restore the obstacles. The well-timed pit cease moved him as much as third and he was the highest-placed driver to have already taken a pit cease.

As racing acquired underway as soon as once more, Daruvala rigorously managed his tyres earlier than gunning for race chief Richard Verschoor and second-placed Marino Sato. He swiftly handed Sato on lap 18/30 after which began reeling in Verschoor.

He didn’t find yourself having to cross Verschoor on observe, because the Trident racer (who was combating older tyres at this level) ended up pitting with 5 laps to go, handing Daruvala the lead. Second-placed Frederik Vesti couldn’t shut the hole, permitting Daruvala to select up his first win since Abu Dhabi 2021.

Double podium for Daruvala

After some tough rounds, Daruvala confirmed spectacular type at Monza. Simply yesterday, he’d made his return to the rostrum after ending third within the Dash Race.

“It’s been a tough 12 months lots of the time, so I’m very, very blissful. We’ve got a break now and it’s a great way to complete off – a podium yesterday and a win at the moment in the principle race. I can’t be extra blissful, massive because of Prema, we’ve been struggling up to now weeks and to bounce again sturdy at their dwelling race actually means so much to each of us,” Daruvala stated.

Felipe Drugovich has already sealed the 2022 F2 title, however the battle for the remaining locations could be very a lot nonetheless on. Daruvala’s newest outcomes transfer him to sixth place general. He’s tied with Doohan on 126 factors, however the Australian driver stays forward on countback.

There’s only one spherical to go at Abu Dhabi, however that’s after an extended two-month break. “This weekend’s end result couldn’t have come at a greater time as we now head to Abu Dhabi for the season-finale,” Daruvala added.

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