Mumbai‘s Jehan Daruvala took his fourth podium from five rounds this season with a second-placed finish this weekend at the iconic Monaco street track.
The 23-year-old chalked up the landmark result, his 11th Formula 2 podium, in Saturday’s Sprint race. The Prema Racing driver had lined up third on the grid. He got a good getaway but had to take avoiding action to dodge stalled pole-sitter Jake Hughes which allowed team mate Dennis Hauger into the lead.
Jehan slotted into second and gave chase but was unable to find a way past on the twisting streets of the Principality, notorious for being difficult to overtake on, with the top six, except Hughes, finishing in the order in which they started.
Still, Jehan took home his first Monaco podium, the Red Bull-backed racer going up to the hallowed Royal Box, graced by many of motorsport’s greatest over the long history of the Monaco race, to receive his trophy.
Jehan followed up his Sprint podium with a points-scoring finish in Sunday’s Feature race. He started 8th but was squeezed into the wall at the start.
He opted for a similar strategy to the one he used in Saudi Arabia, where he went from 14th to third, choosing to start on the softer tyre and stop early.
But an inopportune safety car allowed those running further up the field to bank a ‘free’ pit-stop. That denied drivers like Jehan, who had stopped early and were closing the gap to rivals scheduled to pit later, the chance to vault past them through the stops.
Still Jehan once again showed his racing nous and made up ground with a perfectly-timed dive up the inside of Calan Williams into the Tabac corner. He finished eighth.
Jehan said, “Standing on the podium in Monaco is a dream come true for any driver. It would’ve been great to win the race but overtaking around here is never easy. I’m really happy with the pace we had over the weekend – we were as quick as anyone out there. The feature race was pretty straightforward but I managed to pull off a good move, that was fun! Now looking forward to some exciting racing on the streets of Baku in a couple of weeks.”
Jehan, a three-time winner in Formula 2, stays third in the overall drivers’ standings.
The next race will take place in two week’s time in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku, another challenging street venue.
Jehan Daruvala is a racing driver from Mumbai, India. He began karting at the age of 10 in 2009. Two years later, he was picked as one of the three winners of Force India’s ‘One From a Billion’ talent hunt. In 2013, he became the first Asian to win the British KF3 karting championship. A proven winner, Jehan has won in every category he has competed in. He is currently racing in the FIA Formula 2 Championship, which is a feeder series to Formula 1 and takes place on the same weekends. Already a multiple winner in the category, Jehan’s goal for the 2022 season is to claim the title which would boost his chances of becoming only the third Indian on the Formula One grid.