Austrian GP: Daruvala completes debut F2 race in 12th place

Austrian GP: Daruvala completes debut F2 race in 12th place

5th Jul 2020 10:36 am

Daruvala recovered from an opening lap spin to finish the 2020 F2 season opener in 12th place.

  • An opening lap spin had dropped Daruvala to last place
  • But the Indian driver recovered to finish 12th
  • Callum Ilott ended up winning the season opener at the Red Bull Ring

A 12th place finish at the 2020 Formula 2 season opener in Austria may not have been the dream debut that Jehan Daruvala was hoping for. But the Indian F1 hopeful nevertheless managed to pull off a spirited recovery drive following an opening lap incident that dropped him to the back of the pack.

Opening lap mishap

Starting from 6th on the grid, Daruvala enjoyed a decent getaway. But he ended up spinning just moments later at Turn 3 after being tagged from behind by his Carlin team mate Yuki Tsunoda. The incident dropped Daruvala to the very back of the field, while Tsunoda ended up with front wing damage and a 5 second time penalty for causing a collision.

Thereafter, Daruvala steadily started making his way through the field. He’d climbed up to 9th place when the safety car was brought out, triggered by Artem Markelov stopping on the side of the track. Daruvala didn’t enjoy the best of re-starts, and ended up losing a place to Roy Nissany when the race got underway once again. Ultimately, he was only able to salvage a 12th place finish.

The Austrian GP marked Daruvala’s first race since joining Red Bull’s young driver programme earlier this year. The move up to F2 puts Daruvala just one rung below Formula 1 on the single seater ladder. He’ll be able to have another go at securing a strong result in Austria with Sunday’s reverse-grid sprint race.

Ilott wins Race 1

Callum Ilott won the action-packed season opener at the Red Bull Ring after both Guanyu Zhou and Mick Schumacher ran into trouble. Polesitter Zhou was leading the race when his car slowed down with an electronics issue.

Meanwhile, Schumacher’s chances of challenging for victory were swept away when he went off the track at the re-start, after losing the rear of his car. The error dropped Schumacher down to 13th place, leaving Ilott relatively unchallenged for the rest of the race.

Marcus Armstrong and Robert Shwartzman rounded up the podium in 2nd and 3rd place respectively.

F2 Austrian GP – Race 1 results

POS

DRIVER

TEAM

GAP

1

Callum Ilott

UNI-Virtuosi

-

2

Marcus Armstrong

ART Grand Prix

8.800s

3

Robert Shwartzman

Prema Racing

9.200s

4

Christian Lundgaard

ART Grand Prix

10.800s

5

Dan Ticktum

DAMS

11.200s

6

Giuliano Alesi

BWT HWA RACELAB

12.800s

7

Louis Deletraz

Charouz Racing System

16.200s

8

Felipe Drugovich

MP Motorsport

17.000s

9

Nobuharu Matsushita

MP Motorsport

17.400s

10

Roy Nissany

Trident

19.500s

11

Mick Schumacher

Prema Racing

20.000s

12

Jehan Daruvala

Carlin

22.000s

13

Pedro Piquet

Charouz Racing System

24.900s

14

Nikita Mazepin

Hitech Grand Prix

25.800s

15

Jack Aitken

Campos Racing

30.100s

16

Guilherme Samaia

Campos Racing

53.900s

17

Guanyu Zhou

UNI-Virtuosi

1 Lap

18

Yuki Tsunoda

Carlin

1 Lap

-

Artem Markelov

BWT HWA RACELAB

Retirement

-

Sean Gelael

DAMS

Retirement

-

Luca Ghiotto

Hitech Grand Prix

Retirement

-

Marino Sato

Trident

Retirement

 

Also see:

F1 2020: Bottas survives off-track scare to seize Austrian GP pole

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