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Daruvala penalty gives him pole for second Jeddah F2 race

by Craig Woollard

Photo: Red Bull Content Pool

Red Bull junior Jehan Daruvala will start the second Formula 2 race of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix weekend from pole position after picking up a penalty following the first race.

Daruvala finished fifth on the road in the first race to be held at the new Jeddah Corniche Circuit, including a double lunge in the closing stages into the final corner, but has received a post-race penalty for an earlier infraction.

The Carlin driver overtook team-mate Dan Ticktum off the track on the second safety car restart and maintained his advantage.

He was awarded a five-second time penalty for his infraction, dropping him just behind Trident’s Bent Viscaal in the order to take 10th place and therefore pole for the second race of the day where the top 10 is flipped.

“Having considered the matter extensively, the stewards determined that Car 6 [Daruvala] went off track at turn two and overtook Car 5 [Ticktum] whilst doing so,” read the stewards’ decision. “Car 6 gained a lasting advantage and is therefore penalised accordingly.”

Those who finished just behind Daruvala move up the order, including championship leader Oscar Piastri into the points with eighth, and his Prema Racing Robert Shwartzman, who initially finished ahead of Daruvala on the road but also was penalised in-race for a similar incident.

ART Grand Prix’s Christian Lundgaard (now sixth) and Ticktum (seventh) also benefit from the penalty and move a position up the order, as does Viscaal to ninth and onto the dirty side of the grid for race two.

Campos Racing debutant Olli Caldwell also received a post-race penalty for causing a collision between Trident’s Marino Sato and Charouz Racing System’s Guilherme Samaia on the opening lap.

Revised result (20 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Marcus Armstrong DAMS 41m44.102s
2 Liam Lawson Hitech GP +0.563s
3 Juri Vips Hitech GP +2.044s
4 Felipe Drugovich Virtuosi +2.826s
5 Robert Shwartzman Prema +8.278s
6 Christian Lundgaard ART Grand Prix +8.377s
7 Dan Ticktum Carlin +8.452s
8 Oscar Piastri Prema +8.613s
9 Bent Viscaal Trident +10.468s
10 Jehan Daruvala Carlin +10.484s
11 Jack Doohan MP Motorsport +10.566s
12 Enzo Fittipaldi Charouz Racing System +10.965s
13 Roy Nissany DAMS +12.977s
14 Clement Novalak MP Motorsport +13.104s
15 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing +14.332s
16 Logan Sargeant HWA Racelab +15.308s
17 Guanyu Zhou Virtuosi +17.343s
18 Olli Caldwell Campos Racing +24.652s
Ret Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix
Ret Alessio Deledda HWA Racelab
Ret Marino Sato Trident
Ret Guilherme Samaia Charouz Racing System
Fastest lap: Shwartzman, 1m44.179s

Championship standings
1 Piastri 183   2 Shwartzman 143   3 Zhou 142   Ticktum 131   5 Pourchaire 120   6 Vips 112   Daruvala 96   8 Lawson 92   9 Drugovich 67   10 Richard Verschoor 55