India’s Jehan Daruvala secured his second consecutive win within the FIA System three within the first race of the French Grand Prix, replicating his success from Barcelona. The Mumbai-based driver had beforehand secured a win within the final spherical of the championship and has managed to comply with it up with an excellent win on the Paul Ricard circuit. Jehan’s back-to-back victory has moved him as much as second place within the driver standings in simply three races thus far.
Jehan had a robust tempo because the follow classes and completed fourth, whereas the qualifying session noticed him in second place, zero.087s behind pole-sitter Jake Hughes. A sluggish begin within the race meant he was pushed down to 3rd behind Trident driver Pedro Piquet, however the 21-year-old managed to recuperate and o show tempo at the beginning of Lap three attacking the Brazilian driver for second place. Daruvala was fast to maneuver into P2 quickly after and was now seeking to move Hughes, who had constructed a two second lead on the entrance.
It was solely by Lap eight that Jehan might scale back the hole all the way down to 1 second over Hughes and the driving force was inside vary to make the move to take the lead. Daruvala lastly obtained the chance on the penultimate nook as handed Hughes taking the within line. Nevertheless, Hughes wasn’t happening with out a struggle and tried to move him quickly after on the Mistral chicane however ran large as an alternative. This allowed Jehan to construct his lead over Hughes to lastly take his second win with a margin of two.eight seconds. Coming in second was Prema Racing teammate, Robert Shwartzman, who additionally managed to achieve a place to complete second forward of Piquet.
Talking about his back-to-back wins in F3, Jehan stated, “I am actually comfortable for at this time’s end result because the tempo was extraordinarily good all through the entire race. Firstly, I did not go off the road as I’d have appreciated to, however I didn’t have to over push, I attempted to remain within the DRS zone of Pedro and I obtained the job executed on the primary lap of DRS. Then I began looking Jake. At first I used to be simply recovering a few tenths right here and there, I attempted to not push an excessive amount of and keep in tempo. In sector three I used to be robust in comparison with him. Once I obtained within the DRS zone I managed to get him earlier than the final nook and had the DRS on the principle straight. I’ve been good in sector three for the entire week so I knew that if I might maintain him off, I’d have the prospect to tug away and it went in line with plan. After that, the automotive was nearly as good because it could possibly be and I might handle the hole.”
Jehan will now begin Race 2 of the weekend in eighth place, as a part of the reverse grid. Will probably be attention-grabbing to see if the driving force is ready to replicate his efficiency for the third time, particularly with visitors holding him again on the finish of the grid. A 3rd podium although is for certain to cement his place as one of many title contenders for this 12 months. Daruvala is at present in second place within the standings behind teammate Shwartzman.