Jehan Daruvala finished seventh in the feature race on Sunday in Azerbaijan following up on the podium that he managed earlier in the weekend.

Daruvala is now seventh on the F2 driver’s championship.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Jehan Daruvala managed to finish 7th in the feature race on Sunday
  • This was his maiden run at the Baku street circuit
  • Daruvala now sits seventh in the drivers’ standings

Indian racer Jehan Daruvala managed a seventh place finish in the feature race of the FIA Formula 2 Championship on Sunday to follow up on the third place he got in a sprint race earlier this weekend in Azerbaijan. Daruvala, a Red Bull junior driver, secured crucial points in all three races in his maiden run on the streets of Baku.

He finished fourth in the opening sprint race on Saturday and came third in the following sprint race. With 24 points from the weekend, Daruvala sits seventh in the drivers’ standings.

He made an excellent start from seventh spot and gained two places into corner one in sprint race two. Into the second corner, Daruvala made another good overtake to move up into fourth. Behind him others crashed, bringing out the safety car allowing the cars to be cleared safely.

Daruvala took advantage of the safety car restart and made an excellent move to overtake Juri Vips for third, but the Estonian got the place back after a few corners.

He soon climbed up another place, overtaking Dutchman Bent Viscaal. Daruvala then settled into a good rhythm in third. One more safety car period ensued, followed by a Virtual Safety Car. Daruvala managed to keep his concentration and continued his consistent drive. Past the midway point, Bent Viscaal of the Netherlands, in fourth, started piling up pressure on Jehan.

The Indian was unfazed and soaked up the immense pressure lap after lap. Fellow Red Bull junior Vips won the 21-lap race ahead of Germany’s David Beckman. Daruvala was six tenths of a second behind to secure his second podium of the F2 season.

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