Formula 2 2020: Jehan Daruvala creates history – first Indian to win a F2 race

Jehan Daruvala, 22, made history when he became the first Indian to win a Formula 2 race at the Sakhir Grand Prix held in Bahrain.

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An exciting battle against F2 champion Mick Schumacher and Daniel Ticktum saw 22-year-old Jehan Daruvala dominate the end-of-season Formula 1 Grand Prix support race and the Indian finished the race beating Dan Ticktum , to win by 2.9 seconds.

Jehan, at the wheel of Rayo Racing, made a good start from second place on the grid and was alongside poleman Daniel Ticktum. Ticktum squeezed Jehan inside, allowing Schumacher to walk around the outside of the two.

Finally, Ticktum came out on top, followed by Schumacher and Jehan in third. A few turns later, Jehan made a good move to pass Schumacher and come back to second. A few laps later, Schumacher passed Jehan, relegating him to third place.

Jehan, however, did not give up. An exciting battle ensued and finally the Indian overtook Schumacher once more, to reclaim his second place. Jehan then completed a series of quick laps to catch up with the race leader. However, he couldn’t overtake.

The battle for the lead escalated as Ticktum looked desperate to win the final race of the season. Jehan, however, kept his cool and kept up the pressure. His excellent racing profession forced the race leader to make mistakes, but Jehan struggled to pass Ticktum.

Nailbiter finish

Finally, with less than 10 laps to go, Jehan made another fantastic move to pass Ticktum and take the lead. Afterward, Jehan drove well to slowly start breaking through and eventually took the checkered flag to win his first FIA Formula 2 race.

His Japanese teammate Yuki Tsunoda was second, over 3.5 seconds behind Jehan, while Ticktum was third.

“Motorsport is quite important in India. We obviously have a lot of people, so I have a big fan base back home, and my goal at the end of the day is to make myself and my country proud. (I have to) prove to the folks back home that even though we don’t have the same facilities and everything the guys have in Europe, as long as you can work hard you can fight straight at the sharp end of the grid, “Jehan said.

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