Last lap collision sees Daruvala slip to second in F3 title race

Jehan Daruvala scripted history on Saturday when he became the first Indian to go atop the Formula 3 Championship leaderboard but a DNF in the sprint race saw him slip down to second position in the overall standings.

Jehan Daruvala qualified third for the race, a mere tenth behind Estonian racer Juri Vips, who bagged pole with a laptime of 1:43.902.   -  Getty Images

 

Jehan Daruvala’s FIA Formula 3 Championship lead did not last long after he collided on the last lap of the sprint race to finish out of points at the Silverstone circuit on Sunday.

The 20-year-old had scripted history on Saturday when he became the first Indian to go atop the F3 Championship leaderboard after clinching the second position in an action packed feature race.

However, his lead could not last for long as a DNF in the sprint race saw him slip down to second position in the overall standings.

The second place in the main race was Jehan’s fifth podium finish of the season.

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Jehan qualified third for the race on Saturday, a mere tenth behind Estonian racer Juri Vips, who bagged pole with a laptime of 1:43.902.

Jehan’s Prema Racing teammate Marcus Armstrong from New Zealand was second, just 0.016 seconds ahead of him. The ultra-competitive grid had seventeen of the thirty racers within just one second.

“Race 1 was good, I had quite good pace. I tried to overtake Juri a few times but his defence was good, he drove well, didn’t make any mistakes. It was great to get onto the top of the championship standings.

“For the second race, not finishing the race was a disappointment from my side but this kind of stuff happens in racing. What I’m pleased about is that the speed was good and we were fighting for the podium again in the sprint race after starting seventh due to the reverse grid,” said Jehan.