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2021 F2: Jehan Daruvala off to a strong start in Bahrain

28th Mar 2021 7:56 pm

The Indian racer stands third overall in the 2021 F2 drivers’ championship after the opening round in Bahrain.

Indian F1 hopeful Jehan Daruvala has kicked off his 2021 Formula 2 (F2) campaign with a strong showing in the opening round in Bahrain. His best result of the weekend came in the form of a 2nd place finish in the first stint race.

  • Daruvala finishes in the points in all three races
  • Best result of 2nd place in opening race
  • Third in the drivers’ championship

Daruvala 2nd in Bahrain sprint Race 1 

In a bid to spice up the action out of track, F2 has introduced a new format this season, with each round featuring a total of three races – two sprint races and one feature race. The grid for the main feature race (on Sunday) is determined by the times set in qualifying. The grid for the first sprint race is set by reversing the top 10 finishers in qualifying, while the grid for the second sprint race is set by reversing the top 10 finishers in Race 1.

This is Daruvala’s second year in the championship and he continues racing with Carlin, as part of the Red Bull junior programme. Race 1 is where his experience really paid dividends; starting from 5th on the grid, Daruvala expertly managed his tyres and was soon up to 2nd place. He spent several laps tussling with leader Liam Lawson – who is also a Red Bull junior driver. The battle went down to wire, but Daruvala just couldn’t find a way past and had to settle for 2nd place.

He just missed out on a top three finish in the second sprint race, despite being part of the podium celebrations. The race was a chaotic affair and Daruvala took advantage of a late-race safety car to pit for a fresh set of soft tyres. He then made quick work of the drivers ahead of him to finish 4th on the road. He was briefly promoted to 3rd place after some confusion over Christian Lundgaard’s time penalty. However, Lungaard was later reinstated to 2nd place after the FIA confirmed that he did in fact serve his 10-second penalty during a late pitstop. As a result, Daruvala ended up finishing 4th in the order.

He couldn’t quite replicate a similar result in Sunday’s feature race, with a flat spotted tyre compromising his performance. However, he did end up finishing 6th to collect some valuable points.

“I kept out of trouble at the start of Race 1, and then made sensible moves up the order. Both, Lawson and I, had similar pace towards the end, but it was difficult to pass. It’s good to start the season with a podium,” Daruvala said.

“I enjoyed Race 2 too, with the amount of overtaking in the last few laps. Unfortunately I flat spotted my set of soft tyres, causing severe vibrations that seriously compromised race 3 for me. A big thanks to Carlin for the excellent car which helped me finish in the points in all the races.”

2021 F2 championship standings

Daruvala stands third overall in the drivers’ championship with 28 points, just two points behind Lawson. Alpine academy driver Guanyu Zhou leads the standings with a total of 41 points.

The 2021 F2 season will now go on a lengthy break, with the next round scheduled to take place on May 20-22, in Monaco.

F2 Bahrain GP results

Sprint Race 1
1Liam LawsonHitech GP
2Jehan DaruvalaCarlin0.900
3David BeckmannCharouz Racing System14.300
4Robert ShwartzmanPrema Powerteam17.000
5Oscar PiastriPrema Powerteam17.500
6Christian LundgaardART Grand Prix18.500
7Guanyu ZhouUNI-Virtuosi22.200
8Dan TicktumCarlin24.800
9Lirim ZendeliMP Motorsport27.200
10Jüri VipsHitech GP27.900
11Bent ViscaalTrident28.600
12Guilherme SamaiaCharouz Racing System31.900
13Roy NissanyDAMS32.300
14Matteo NanniniHWA Racelab33.900
15Marino SatoTrident46.800
16Felipe DrugovichUNI-Virtuosi1.03.200
17Gianluca PetecofCampos Racing1.06.900
18Alessio DeleddaHWA Racelab1.08.900

Sprint Race 2
1Oscar PiastriPrema Powerteam
2Christian LundgaardART Grand Prix0.774
3Guanyu ZhouUNI-Virtuosi2.076
4 Jehan DaruvalaCarlin2.494
5Richard VerschoorMP Motorsport2.966
6Theo PourchaireART Grand Prix3.759
7David BeckmannCharouz Racing System 6.387
8Marino SatoTrident8.096
9Matteo NanniniHWA Racelab9.733
10Marcus ArmstrongDAMS12.180
11Guilherme SamaiaCharouz Racing System12.442
12Bent ViscaalTrident16.744
13Gianluca PetecofCampos Racing17.569
14Felipe DrugovichUNI-Virtuosi24.547
15Roy NissanyDAMS27.471
16Jüri VipsHitech GP36.980
17Ralph BoschungCampos Racing48.466

Feature race
1Guanyu ZhouUNI-Virtuosi
2Dan TicktumCarlin0.400
3Liam LawsonHitech GP2.900
4Richard VerschoorMP Motorsport4.000
5Marcus ArmstrongDAMS9.700
6Jehan DaruvalaCarlin11.900
7Robert ShwartzmanPrema Powerteam12.100
8Theo PourchaireART Grand Prix18.400
9Felipe DrugovichUNI-Virtuosi19.700
10Matteo NanniniHWA Racelab19.800
11David BeckmannCharouz Racing System20.900
12Christian LundgaardART Grand Prix21.200
13Jüri VipsHitech GP27.300
14Marino SatoTrident28.800
15Ralph BoschungCampos Racing31.500
16Guilherme SamaiaCharouz Racing System40.600
17Bent ViscaalTrident48.400
18Lirim ZendeliMP Motorsport1.01.900
19Oscar PiastriPrema Powerteam3 laps

PHOTO CREDITS: James Gasperotti

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Jehan Daruvala 3rd overall in 2021 F3 Asian Championship


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