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

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

    Published On Jul 05, 2020 10:36:00 AM

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    Austrian GP: Daruvala completes debut F2 race 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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