Jehav Daruvala finishes at the podium in both rounds of Formula 2 in Saudi Arabia (Jehan Daruvala Twitter)
Jehan Daruvala is the only driver to finish in top three in both rounds at Saudi Arabia in the Formula 2 championship
India’s Jehan Daruvala swept to a double podium finish in the Saudi Arabian round of the Formula 2 championship.
The 24-year-old, who races for Dutch team MP Motorsport, had gone from fifth to third after engaging in a hard-fought battle for the win in Saturday’s Sprint Race.
He followed that up with another drive to the final podium spot after a perfectly-executed, measured display in Sunday’s longer Feature event, making him the only driver to finish in the top three in both races this weekend.
“This was a really strong weekend for us and some much-needed results after the disappointment of Bahrain,” Jehan said in a release.
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“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.”
This is the second successive year that Jehan has finished in the top-three in Jeddah, having gone from 14th to third in the Feature Race at the track last year.
Jehan made a lightning start off the line in Saturday’s Sprint Race but was boxed in by the Campos cars of Ralph Boschung and compatriot Kush Maini.
A second-lap safety car that bunched the field up gave him a shot at passing Maini and Jehan duly seized the opportunity to muscle his way past his fellow Indian and set off in pursuit of Red Bull-backed racer Jak Crawford.
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Jehan despatched Crawford on Lap 7 just seconds before a collision between Theo Pourchaire and Oliver Bearman triggered a second safety car period.
Jehan was hot on second-placed Boschung’s heels as the race got underway. The Swiss racer was powerless to resist the MP Motorsport racer’s charge as he swept around the outside of Turn 1 to take second.
He then battled Iwasa, while also keeping the rapid Martins behind him at bay, before ultimately having to concede after his turn 1 gamble for a fifth F2 win failed to pay off.
On Sunday, starting fourth after moving up a spot thanks to a penalty for Theo Pourchaire, he was among the drivers to make an early stop before then managing his pace and tyre wear to perfection.
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He crossed the behind winner Frederik Vesti and second-placed Jack Doohan.
The Formula 2 championship now heads to Australia for its March 31-April 2 fixture where the series will race around Melbourne’s Albert Park for the first time.
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