Baku: Indian rider Jihan Daruvala came within half a second of his first Formula 2 victory of the season at the Sprint at Tour of Azerbaijan on Saturday.
The Red Bull-backed Prema driver crossed the line just 0.380 seconds behind ART’s Frederic Vesti at the end of a race in which the safety car broke down.
The 23-year-old started in third and, after jumping to the top with an impressive sprint start display, was on his way to a dominant win on the unforgiving streets of Baku.
He even held the lead during the first three safety car stints, taking out a 4-second advantage. But a slight locking on the cold brake when restarting the second safety car allowed the Vesti to slip just three laps away from the finish.
Jehan said, “I would be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed but I was still happy with the race I did. It was a great start, everything was under control and I felt I deserved to win. It’s a shame you missed such a tight margin but we will take the positives from We are now focused on Sunday’s race.”
Jehan finished second on Saturday for fifth out of six rounds this season and 12th overall in Formula 2. It is also the fourth time this season that he has finished second and holds third place in the overall drivers’ standings.
Cihan, a three-time winner in Formula 2, will get another chance to score a solid result on Sunday when he lines up in the long race ahead of the Azerbaijan Formula 1 Grand Prix.
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