Jehan Daruvala bagged his fourth podium this year in Formula 2 at the Russian Grand Prix weekend. Jehan drove a strong race to finish in P3 in the feature race at the 5.848km-long Sochi Autodrom. Earlier in qualifying, the Indian racer was on the provisional pole towards the end of the session. Just before the end of the session, he was pipped by the championship leader, Oscar Piastri. Jehan stayed in P2, two-tenths of a second behind Piastri, who clocked 1:47.653. Frenchman Theo Pourchaire was in P3, a further 2 tenths behind Jehan.
Incessant rain before the race meant damp sections. Unfortunately, the inside of the track was damp, meaning all those starting on the inside made a poor start. Jehan, first in line on the damp inside, fell down to fourth. Once all racers were done with their pit stops, Jehan remained in P4, 4.5 seconds behind Swiss racer Ralph Boschung. Jehan put in a series of quick laps to close the gap to Boschung and caught him with around 10 laps to go. Jehan piled the pressure on the Swiss driver, forcing him into an error. Jehan moved up into P3 but was immediately under pressure from the home favourite, Robert Shwartzman. The Russian was within 1 second of the Indian, allowing him to use his DRS, but Jehan kept his cool and managed to edge away.
“It was good to be back on the podium today. After qualifying second, I was confident that we had the pace to fight upfront. The inside line was a bit damp and I fell to fourth at the start but was happy to fight back and get a podium. I am looking forward to coming back home as there is a long break till our next race in Jeddah,” said Jehan after his podium.
Jehan continued reeling off a series of quick laps to pull away from Shwartzman and crossed the line in third, behind race winner Piastri and Pourchaire in second. Jehan’s fourth podium this year in Formula 2 comes on the back of his dominant victory in Monza. Formula 2 will race again in Jeddah during the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix weekend in early December.
FIA Formula 2 Championship overall drivers’ standing after round 6
1. O. Piastri (Prema Racing) – 178 points
2. G. Zhou (UNI-Virtuosi) 142 points
3. R. Shwartzman (Prema Racing) 135 points
7. J. Daruvala (Carlin) 96 points
FIA Formula 2 Championship overall teams’ standing after round 6
1. PREMA- 313 points
2. Carlin 225 points
3. UNI-Virtuosi 201 points