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Jehan narrowly misses out on F2 win, finishes second in Baku


Indian racer Jehan Daruvala came within half a second of his first Formula 2 win of the season before finishing second in the Azerbaijan round’s Sprint race on Saturday.

The Red Bull-backed Prema driver crossed the line just 0.380 seconds behind ART’s Frederik Vesti at the end of a safety car-disrupted race.

The 23-year-old started third and, having vaulted into the lead with a masterful display of race craft at the start was on course for a dominant win around the unforgiving streets of Baku.

He had even kept the lead through the first of three safety car periods, which wiped out his 4-second advantage. But a slight lock up on cold brakes at the second safety car restart allowed Vesti to slip past just three laps from the finish.

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“I would be lying if I said I wasnโ€™t disappointed but Iโ€™m still happy with the race I did. I had a great start, had everything under control and felt I deserved the win. Itโ€™s a shame to miss out by such a narrow margin but weโ€™ll take the positives from this and now focus on Sundayโ€™s feature race,โ€ said Jehan.

Saturdayโ€™s second-place finish was Jehanโ€™s fifth from six rounds this season and 12th overall in Formula 2. It is also the fourth time this season that he has finished in the runner-up spot and keeps him third in the overall driversโ€™ standings.

Jehan, a three-time Formula 2 winner, will get another shot at scoring a strong result on Sunday when he lines up for the longer Feature race ahead of the Azerbaijan Formula One Grand Prix.

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