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Why Jehan Daruvala misplaced Austria F2 win | Autocar India

Written by Gulati

Daruvala might have inherited Austrian GP victory after Verschoor’s disqualification, however a penalty pushed him out of the factors altogether.

For a quick few moments, it regarded like Jehan Daruvala was all set to say his first F2 victory this season. Hours after the Austrian GP characteristic race, on-track winner Richard Verschoor was disqualified, leaving second-placed Daruvala completely positioned to inherit victory.

Nevertheless, Daruvala himself was later handed a hefty penalty for an infringement of the sporting rules, pushing him out of the factors. We clarify what occurred.

  • Prema discovered responsible of drying grid slot
  • Daruvala now fourth in championship

Daruvala goes from P11 to P2 in F2 Austrian GP

After a disappointing qualifying left him ranging from 11th on the grid, Daruvala knew he’d need to gamble on technique if he wished a powerful end result. Well timed rainfall gave him that chance, and he opted to start out the race on slick tyres. The observe was nonetheless fairly damp, however there was a dry line starting to type.

The gamble paid off and Daruvala made some fast progress up the sector. He benefitted from Roberto Merhi’s time penalty to complete second.

Daruvala handed penalty

After the race, on-track winner Verschoor was disqualified after the Trident workforce was unable to offer the required post-race gas pattern for scrutineering. The Dutch driver had stopped on observe, mid-way via his cooldown lap.

Daruvala would have inherited victory, however he was handed a drive-through penalty moments later. The stewards discovered that Prema tried to dry the observe floor at his grid slot forward of the race, which breaches the sporting rules. “As a efficiency benefit can by no means be dominated out in such a case, the mere try to change the observe floor is prohibited, regardless of any success,” the stewards’ official report acknowledged.

For the reason that race was already over and Daruvala couldn’t serve the drive-through penalty, he was handed a 20-second time penalty as a substitute, dropping him right down to 12th place. This promoted Logan Sargeant to victory.

Regardless of bagging a string of podiums within the dash races this 12 months, Daruvala has additionally been hit with dangerous luck on a couple of event. An ill-timed Security Automobile price him potential victory in Imola, and he suffered {an electrical} concern in Barcelona.

“I’m completely gutted. All season luck has been in opposition to us and simply once I thought issues have been lastly going our method, we get hit with a penalty,” Daruvala mentioned.

“We did every thing proper right this moment. I used to be anticipating a tricky race from 11th on the grid and, whereas it was difficult, we learn the circumstances completely right this moment. The workforce made the suitable technique name on the tyres and I used to be in a position to maximise it with my tempo within the moist. It’s troublesome to seek out the positives, after having a end result we fought laborious for taken away from us on this style. We might have taken large factors off our rivals right this moment, however I can nonetheless take encouragement from my tempo right this moment. We now have a weekend off earlier than the subsequent run of back-to-back races, and it’s now full give attention to Paul Ricard and Budapest. We simply must preserve pushing and I’m certain our day will come.”

2022 F2 championship standings

With no factors collected in Austria, Daruvala drops to fourth within the general standings. He’s 34 factors behind third-placed Theo Pourchaire, 35 factors behind second-place Sargeant and 74 factors behind chief Felipe Drugovich.

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