F2: Jehan Daruvala takes positives from difficult weekend at Silverstone

Indian racer Jehan Daruvala endured a tough weekend at the Silverstone round of the Formula 2 championship as he finished seventh in the feature race.

Jehan Daruvala endures tough weekend in Silverstone (Twitter Photo)

Jehan Daruvala endures tough weekend in Silverstone (Twitter Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Jehan Daruvala endured a tough weekend at the Silverstone
  • The 23-year-old had finished 8th in the sprint race on Saturday
  • Jehan started the sprint race from the pole on a wet track

Indian racer Jehan Daruvala wants to take positives from a tough weekend at the Silverstone round of the Formula 2 championship as he finished outside the top three for only the second time in seven rounds but still came away with double points finish. The 23-year-old had finished 8th in the sprint race on Saturday.

He took home seven points on a weekend of damage limitation for the lead Red Bull-backed racer in the standings.

Jehan started the sprint race from the pole on a wet track and established a comfortable early lead. But the car, set up for mixed conditions, did not allow the wet weather tyres to be used to their optimum, which led to the overheating and Jehan struggling for grip. Prema teammate Dennis Hauger, who finished 15th, suffered similarly.

Fired up to make amends for Sunday’s feature race, Jehan, starting on the harder prime tyre, decided to play the long game. He looked after his tyres during the early stages of the race and, while briefly in the lead, unleashed his speed as his pitstop approached.

He continued lighting up the timing screens on the grippier option tyre as he fought his way back up the order.

But getting a strong result in Sunday’s Feature race was always going to be an uphill task, with Jehan starting 10th after the qualifying strategy of setting one flying lap per tyre set did not work as most of his rivals found more pace on their second ‘push’ laps. PTI BS BS

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