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Jehan Daruvala edges closer to second in F2 title race

Indian runner Jehan Daruvala

Jehan Daruvala leaves Baku with a podium and a fourth place and is only 10 points behind Theo Pourchaire, second in the general classification.

Indian rider Jehan Daruvala followed up his Sprint race podium with another top five in Sunday’s Feature race at the Baku street track in Azerbaijan.

Jehan, who came within half a second of a fourth Formula 2 victory in Saturday’s Sprint race, had started eighth and used a combination of strategy and racing technique to work his way up ‘in fourth place in the race disrupted by the safety car.

He jumped up to seventh at the start, gained places in the pit stop phase with an early stop.

He also pulled off a spectacular slippery pass down the long start-and-finish straight past fellow Red Bull-backed Liam Lawson.

Jehan was on course to finish third and walk away from Baku with a double podium when championship leader Felipe Drugovich, running ahead of him, hit the wall.

The Brazilian was heading to the pits to retire but stayed out when the last safety car, under which the race ended, was deployed.

Nonetheless, Jehan’s points over the Baku weekend allow him to close the gap on second-placed Theo Pourchaire to just 10 points overall.

Jehan said: “I think we can be quite happy with the weekend. We made it to another podium and scored some important points in the Feature race that allowed us to close the gap to our nearest rival. The next stop is Silverstone, a track that I really like, and I’m really looking forward to building on that result there.

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