It was a story of what could have been for Jehan Daruvala, as the Prema Racing driver finished the long distance race in ninth place at Imola. His teammate and junior Red Bull driver, Dennis Hauger, was even more unfortunate as a first-lap mishap meant his race was only a few hundred meters long.
Start eighth, the Indian driver once again made an excellent start to climb to fifth position. And he was well positioned for a potential podium or race victory as he started with a harder tire compound and was ready for a late race charge. But this alternative strategy collapsed once the safety car came out.
This allowed those on the softer tires to make their mandatory pitstop, so Daruvala couldn’t make up for lost time from his mandatory pitstop. Nonetheless, the Indian rider had a stalwart ride, comfortably being the fastest rider on track while in the lead.
When the Indian driver made his mandatory pit stop, he was once again setting fast laps. Unfortunately, another late-race safety car period prevented the Indian driver from making up much ground. Nevertheless, he recovered ninth position at the end despite all the setbacks and managed to score an extra point via fastest lap.
While Jehan Daruvala had a bittersweet end to the race weekend, he had race pace on his mind. The result keeps him third in the drivers standings.
Formula 2 will have another long break before heading to Barcelona, Spain for the fourth round of the 2022 FIA Formula 2 Championship.