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2021 F2: Daruvala scores podium finish at Azerbaijan

Jehan Daruvala enjoyed a fairly competitive Round 3 of the 2021 Formula 2 championship in Azerbaijan. The Indian F1 hopeful added 24 more points to his tally, along with another podium finish. Read on to find out how the three races at Baku played out for him.

  • Daruvala 7th overall with 53 points
  • Secures two top five finishes at Baku

Daruvala 3rd in Azerbaijan Sprint Race 2

After a disappointing run at Monaco, where he slipped from 3rd to 8th in the overall rankings, Daruvala was back in form at Baku. He started the first sprint race from 2nd place, but lost a couple of places to Carlin teammate Dan Ticktum and UNI-Virtuosi’s Guanyu Zhou as the race carried on.  Despite late pressure from Theo Pourchaire, he held on to 4th place. While it wasn’t a podium finish, it was some key points in the bag.

And he didn’t have to wait too long to secure his second podium finish of the year either. Just hours later, the second sprint race saw him fight from 7th to 3rd. The frantic race saw multiple safety car periods, which played into Daruvala’s favour.

Already up to 4th place after a strong start, Daruvala then passed Bent Viscaal at the second safety car re-start to move up to 3rd place. While he continued to keep 2nd-placed David Beckmann within sight throughout the race, he also had to fend off pressure from Viscaal. A controlled drive saw him cross the line in 3rd place to secure the final podium sport behind race winner Jüri Vips and Beckmann.

The final feature race saw him finish 7th. Despite gaining some positions at the start, he struggled to switch on the medium tyres after his pit stop. Nevertheless, the Red Bull junior is celebrating “a good haul of points this weekend”.

2021 F2 championship standings

Despite only scoring points in one race this weekend, Zhou continues to lead the championship with a total of 78 points. Oscar Piastri is five points adrift at 73. Meanwhile, Daruvala gains a place, climbing to 7th overall with 53 points, just two points behind Pourchaire.

F2 will now return next month, with the Silverstone GP running from July 16-18.

F2 Azerbaijan GP results

Pos Driver Team Laps Time
1 Robert Schwartzman Prema Racing 21 44:35.734
2 Dan Ticktum Carlin Racing 21 + 5.144
3 Guanyu Zhou UNI-Virtuosi 21 + 8.872
4 Jehan Daruvala Carlin Racing 21 + 10.352
5 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 21 + 11.039
6 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 21 +13.124
7 Marcus Armstrong DAMS 21 +14.455
8 Juri Vips Hitech GP 21 +14.524
9 David Beckmann Carouz Racing system 21 +17.299
10 Bent Viscaal Trident 21 +17.764
11 Christian Lundgaard ART Grand Prix 21 +19.738
12 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport 21 +21.064
13 Lirim Zendeli MP Motorsport 21 +21.837
14 Felipe Drugovich UNI-Virtuosi 21 +25.849
15 Matteo Nannini Campos Racing 21 +35.970
16 Roy Nissany DAMS 21 +42.471
17 Guilherme Samaia Carouz Racing system 21 +49.289
18 Marino Sato Trident 21 +91.300

 

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