F2: Jehan Daruvala Clinches P2 In Monaco GP Sprint Race, Makes It Prema 1-2

Daruvala started the race in P3 on the grid and narrowly avoided pole sitted Jake Hughes who stalled his car at the start, handing Daruvala 2nd place in the race,
29-May-22 06:47 PM IST
F2: Jehan Daruvala Clinches P2 In Monaco GP Sprint Race, Makes It Prema 1-2 banner
Highlights
  • Jehan Daruvala scored his 11th F2 podium in Monaco.
  • Daruvala started from P3 and overtook polesitter Hughes at the start.
  • Daruvala sits in P3 in the 2022 F2 championship.

Jehan Daruvala clinched a podium finish in every round of the 2022 FIA Formula 2 championship until missing out in Spain last weekend due to a mechanical failure, and the Indian driver continued his form in Monaco with a P2 finish in the sprint race. Jehan Daruvala qualified in P8 on Friday, and he started the top-10 reverse grid Sprint Race in P3. Polesitter Jake Hughes stalled his car at lights-out, and Jehan Daruvala starting in the grid spot behind him managed to avoid the rear of Hughes' car narrowly, helping him into P2.

Daruvala's Prema Racing teammate Dennis Hauger started the race in P2, and inherited the race lead going into Saint Devote on lap 1, capitalizing on the polesitter's woes. Championship leader Felipe Drugovich had a terrible luck at the start however, and a puncture saw him coming into the pits. The MP Motorsport team elected to put full wet tyres on Drugovich's car anticipating incoming rain, but the weather remained mostly dry, pushing Drugovich almost a minute behind the race leader. The Brazilian later pitted again for dry tyres, but he saw himself a lap down on the entire field and also received a 5-second time penalty for speeding in the pitlane. The dual race winner from last weekend chose to retire from the race soon after.

The race ran mostly incident free until lap 10, when Clement Novalak hit the exit of the wall at La Rascasse, triggering a safety car. Until this point, Hauger had pulled a lead bigger than the DRS range on Daruvala, not leaving any chances for the Indian to make a move for the race lead. Hauger continued his domination after the safety car was pulled out on lap 13, as he swiftly regained a 1 second lead over Daruvala and extended it to over 6 seconds by the end of the race, as Daruvala struggled with tyre wear.

Daruvala was put under pressure by Marcus Armstrong deep into the race, but Daruvala managed to keep his head cool and bring in Prema Racing's first 1-2 finish of the season, and his 11th podium finish in F2. "To be honest it was a great result for the team. We both had a really great start. I tried to put pressure on Dennis at the beginning of the race, but he didn't make any mistakes", Jehan Daruvala said after the race. The podium finish means that Jehan Daruvala retains his P3 spot in the F2 championship, as he aims to mount a title challenge in a bid to enter F1.

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Dennis Hauger dominated the race up front and never let Daruvala have a chance at the race lead.

Race Results: Round 4 2022 F2 Monaco GP Sprint Race

Pos. Car No. Driver Team TIME Points
1 1 Dennis Hauger PREMA Racing 44:28.491 10
2 2 Jehan Daruvala PREMA Racing +6.711 8
3 7 Marcus Armstrong Hitech GP +7.267 6
4 22 Enzo Fittipaldi Charouz Racing System +13.164 5
5 8 Juri Vips Hitech GP +14.566 4
6 10 Theo Pourchaire ART GP +15.829 3
7 3 Jack Doohan Virtuosi Racing +17.365 2
8 5 Liam Lawson Carlin +21.670 1
9 16 Roy Nissany DAMS +22.838 -
10 6 Logan Sargeant Carlin +23.031 -
11 9 Frederick Vesti ART GP +26.356 -
12 23 Cem Bolukbasi Charouz Racing System +31.338 -
13 20 Richard Verschoor Trident +32.414 -
14 21 Calan Williams Trident +44.226 -
15 4 Marino Sato Virtuosi Racing +44.652 -
16 14 Olli Caldwell Campos Racing +45.245 -
17 25 Amaury Cordeel Van Amersfoot Racing +47.27 -
18 24 Jake Huges Van Amersfoot Racing +55.403 -
19 17 Ayumu Iwasa DAMS +55.751 -

F2 Championship Standings After Monaco GP Sprint Race

Pos. Driver Team Points
1 Felipe Drugovich MP Motorsoport 86
2 Theo Pourchaire ART GP 63
3 Jehan Daruvala PREMA Racing 49
4 Marcus Armstrong Hitech GP 42
5 Liam Lawson Carlin 38

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