F2: Daruvala scores double podium finish in Saudi Arabia

    Daruvala is now fifth in the championship, nine points behind leader Boschung.

    Published On Mar 20, 2023 01:50:00 PM

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    Jehan Daruvala wrapped up the Formula 2 Saudi Arabia weekend with two back-to-back podium results. Driving for MP Motorsport, he bagged a pair of third place finishes in Jeddah and now stands fifth in the championship.

    1. Daruvala finished third in the sprint and feature races
    2. Kush Maini 12th in the feature race
    3. Vesti wins ahead of Doohan

    Daruvala third in F2 Saudi Arabia feature race

    Saudi Arabia has always been a strong venue for Daruvala; the 24-year-old had charged through the field to land on the podium last year as well. He maintained that strong form, finishing third in the sprint race.

    After qualifying fifth, he started the main feature race from fourth on the grid, following Theo Pourchaire’s penalty for causing a crash in the sprint race. Daruvala and MP Motorsport opted for an early-pitstop strategy. From there on, it was all about managing pace and maintaining tyre wear.

    Frederik Vesti crossed the line to become the fourth F2 race winner this year in as many races, ahead of Jack Doohan. Daruvala followed them in third place, rounding out the podium once again.

    Kush Maini had a feature race to forget, finishing outside the points in 12th place.

    2023 F2 championship standings

    After a disappointing season-opener in Bahrain, Daruvala’s latest string of podium finishes give him a much-needed boost – in terms of points and confidence. “This was a really strong weekend for us and some much-needed results after the disappointment of Bahrain,” he commented.

    “We were quick and consistent all throughout and we executed everything perfectly, which allowed us to capitalise on our potential. We can take a lot of confidence away from the Saudi round and I’m really looking forward to the upcoming races.”

    He’s currently fifth in the championship with 24 points, just nine points behind leader Ralph Boschung. The next race on the calendar is the Australian GP to be held between March 31-April 2, with F2 heading to Melbourne’s Albert Park for the very first time.

    2023 F2 Saudi Arabia Feature Race results

    2023 F2 Saudi Arabia Feature Race results
    PosDriverTeam
    1Frederik VestiPrema
    2Jack DoohanInvicta Virtuosi Racing
    3Jehan DaruvalaMP Motorsport
    4Ayumu IwasaDAMS
    5Dennis HaugerMP Motorsport
    6Richard VerschoorVan Amersfoort Racing
    7Enzo FittipaldiCarlin
    8Arthur LeclercDAMS
    9Isack HadjarHitech
    10Oliver BearmanPrema
    11Roy NissanyPHM Racing by Charouz
    12Kush MainiCampos Racing
    13Theo PourchaireART Grand Prix
    14Roman StanekTrident
    15Jak CrawfordHitech
    16Clement NovalakTrident
    17Zane MaloneyCarlin
    18Juan Manuel CorreaVan Amersfoort Racing
    19Ralph BoschungCampos Racing
    20Amaury CordeelInvicta Virtuosi Racing
    21Victor MartinsART Grand Prix
    22Brad BenavidesPHM Racing by Charouz

    Also see:

    F2: Daruvala on podium in Saudi Arabian GP sprint race

    Jehan Daruvala: “My future lies in Formula E”

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