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F2 Saudi Arabia: Daruvala on podium after sturdy restoration drive | Autocar India

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Daruvala recovered from a tough qualifying session, and shot up from P14 to P3 within the F2 function race.

Jehan Daruvala charged via the sphere to complete third within the 2022 F2 Saudi Arabian GP function race. That is the Indian driver’s second podium end this season – he’d earlier completed second within the Bahrain GP dash race.

  • Daruvala encountered mechanical issues in qualifying
  • seventh in dash race, third in function race
  • sixth in general drivers’ standings

Daruvala hits bother in qualifying

Daruvala’s greatest qualifying lap time was solely adequate to put him 14th. Nevertheless, after performing some checks, Prema found an unnamed element difficulty on his automotive. With the problem resolved, he nonetheless had a steep restoration drive forward of him.

Beginning the dash race from 13th on the grid, Daruvala gained a handful of locations to complete seventh and picked up two factors for the championship battle.

Daruvala goes from P14 to P3 in Jeddah

Beginning the function race on smooth tyres, Daruvala had a blistering begin and shortly picked up some positions. He then pitted early and pulled off a constant second stint. Along with the locations he gained out on monitor, the 23-year-old moved additional up as soon as all of the late stoppers dived into the pits.

His cost up the sphere finally noticed him clinch the ultimate spot on the rostrum, behind winner Felipe Drugovich and Richard Verschoor. Talking after the race, Daruvala stated the drive highlighted Prema’s sturdy race tempo, however added that it’s essential to begin qualifying in entrance to any extent further.

“I feel it was an excellent race general. To be on the rostrum from P14 was the very best we might do. After the problems in qualifying, to be seventh and third within the races was harm limitation. I feel our technique labored fairly effectively. I needed clear air as we knew that the automotive was actually good in clear air, so we made the decision to field early, and it paid off. We had an awesome tempo after that, and ultimately, it’s what gave us the rostrum. Going from 14th to third offers me a whole lot of confidence, now we have to begin extra on the entrance,” he stated.

2022 F2 championship standings

Daruvala is at the moment sixth within the general championship standings with 25 factors – on par with Theo Pourchaire and 18 factors off chief Drugovich. The subsequent spherical will likely be at Imola on April 22-24.

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