Jehan’s dominance meant he won the race by over six seconds over Viscaal & Shwartzman. This was Jehan’s third podium of the season and second Formula 2 victory after the Sakhir Grand Prix weekend last season
The Indian Jehan Daruvala is at the top of the podium after his first win of the season in Monza. Formula Motorsport Limited
Monza: The Indian Jehan Daruvala secured his second Formula 2 victory with a sovereign drive in the second sprint race in Monza on Saturday.
The Red Bull Junior started second at the ‘Temple of Speed’ the German racing driver David Beckman. When the lights went out, Jehan had an excellent start and braked very late to make an excellent move into the first corner.
An incident behind this resulted in a virtual safety car situation. When the race resumed, Jehan bowed his head and drove a clean, steady race.
Beckman was within DRS range for the first few laps, but Jehan stayed cool and slowly backed away, opening up a one-second lead. As soon as Beckman was outside the DRS area, Jehan steadily increased his lead with every lap.
With three laps to go, Jehan had already gained a comfortable five seconds lead. Beckman fell back to third under pressure while Dutchman Bent Viscaal moved up to second. Former F3 champion Robert Shwartzman from Russia also overtook the German.
Jehan’s dominance meant that he won the race by over six seconds over Viscaal & Shwartzman. This was Jehan’s third podium of the season and second Formula 2 victory after the Sakhir Grand Prix weekend last season.
Yeah !! P1 🏆 Getting the lead at the start and then it was just a matter of managing the tires and the pace … repeating the same tomorrow ✅ Hearing the national anthem on the top step of the Monza podium feels really special 😀 … Many Thanks to @CarlinRacing for the mega car 💪🏽 pic.twitter.com/9NCXiy1r4a
“It really feels special to hear the Indian national anthem on the top step of the podium. Winning at Monza is every racing driver’s dream. I qualified well and knew that I had the pace to win.
“Overtaking David at the start and then breaking the tow were critical moments in the race. A big thank you to Carlin for the great car. I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s feature race, ”said Jehan happily.
Jehan’s fantastic performance in qualifying meant that he was able to qualify in second place, just 0.04 seconds behind pole. Tomorrow he will start second in the feature race, in which all drivers have to complete a mandatory pit stop.
Action from the FIA Formula 2 – Monza, Italy – The feature race will start on Sunday, September 12, 2021 from 1:45 p.m. IS to be seen live on EUROSPORT and EUROSPORT HD. The Eurosport channel can now be streamed in the Discovery app.
September 12, 2021 3:20:43 PM IST
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