Jehan Daruvala secures first podium in Monaco | race news

MONACO: India’s Jehan Daruvala claimed his fourth podium of the Formula 2 season with a second place finish at the legendary Monaco road circuit.
The 23-year-old achieved the groundbreaking result in the sprint race on Saturday with his 11th Formula 2 podium.
The Prema Racing driver started the race in third place. He got off to a good start but had to swerve to avoid stalled polesitter Jake Hughes, allowing teammate Dennis Hauger to take the lead.
Jehan pushed into second place and gave chase but couldn’t find a way past on the twisting roads of the principality notorious for being difficult to overtake, with the top six, with the exception of Hughes , finished in the order in which they started.
Despite that, Jehan took home his first podium in Monaco, the Red Bull-backed racer headed to the sacred Royal Box to collect his trophy.
Jehan followed up his sprint podium with a points finish in Sunday’s feature race.
He started eighth but was crushed into the wall at the start.
He opted for a similar strategy as in Saudi Arabia, where he went from 14th to third, opting to start on the softer tire and finish early.
But an untimely safety car allowed those ahead to snag a ‘free’ pit stop. This denied drivers like Jehan, who had stopped early and closed the gap on rivals who were due to pit later, a chance to jump past them through the stops.
Still, Jehan showed his racing talent again and made up ground with a perfectly timed jump inside Calan Williams at the Tabac corner. He finished eighth.
“To be on the podium in Monaco is a dream come true for every driver. It would have been great to win the race, but overtaking here is never easy.
“I’m really happy with the pace we had over the weekend – we were as fast as everyone else out there. The main race was pretty straightforward, but I managed to put in a good move, which was fun,” said Jehan.
Jehan, a three-time Formula 2 winner, remains third in the drivers’ standings.
The next race is in two weeks time in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku, another demanding street circuit.

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