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

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

    Published On Mar 28, 2021 07:56:00 PM

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    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
    PosDriverTeamGap
    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
    PosDriverTeamGap
    1Oscar PiastriPrema Powerteam
    2Christian LundgaardART Grand Prix0.774
    3Guanyu ZhouUNI-Virtuosi2.076
    4Jehan DaruvalaCarlin2.494
    5Richard VerschoorMP Motorsport2.966
    6Theo PourchaireART Grand Prix3.759
    7David BeckmannCharouz Racing System6.387
    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
    PosDriverTeamGap
    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

    Also see:

    Jehan Daruvala 3rd overall in 2021 F3 Asian Championship

     

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