Mumbai-based driver Jehan Daruvala finished third in the main race on the Bahrain International Circuit and took his first podium in the FIA Formula 2 Championship. The Carlin Motorsport driver and Red Bull Junior celebrated their F2 debut this season and have scored crucial points for the team so far. In the main race, the Indian driver made outstanding progress after he qualified eighth on the grid and after a duel in the closing stages of Ferrari’s Mick Schumacher refused to take third place on the podium.
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Felipe Drugovich from MP Motorsport won the main race, his third of the season, and quickly took over the lead from pole sitter Callum Ilott in the UNI Virtuosi car. Drugovich took the lead on corner one and that gave the driver a distinct advantage over Ilott for the remainder of the race, allowing him to maximize his hard tires. Ilott, on the other hand, ran with medium tires and soon faced the heat of Marcus Armstrong and Mick Schumacher. The driver soon dropped back to P4, but the switch to hard tires on lap 12 gave Ilott the much needed pace to climb back to the top. Drugovich opted for a late box and swapped for new medium rubber, which gave him a better pace and allowed him to take Ilott to the front for the remainder of the race.
A series of pit stops urged Mick to briefly take the lead, but a late pit stop on lap 20 put him in fourth place behind Daruvala. Jehan rose to P3 and now wanted to defend his first podium in F2, although the German made several attempts to overtake the Carlin driver. Schumacher had to step down and Daruvala held in third place as Drugovich comfortably crossed the checkered flag with a gap of 14. 833s over the second placed Ilott. Jehan finished Ilott 4 behind. 543s. Daruvala’s Carlin teammate Yuni Tsunoda was the ultimate driver of the day. After qualifying topics he started on P22 and finished the race in sixth place in order to make the best use of the overtaking zones on the racetrack.
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Despite the fourth place, Schumacher remains at the top of the drivers’ standings with 203 points and is 12 points ahead of Ilott. Tsunoda is third overall with 157 points, while Daruvala is 12th with 51 points. Place. The Carlin Motorsport team is fourth in the team standings, while Prema Racing is leading the championship.
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EbeneMagazine – AU – Jehan Daruvala takes the first podium in Formula 2 in the Bahrain Feature Race