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Formula 3 Asian Championship 2021 round 1 Mumbai Falcons Jehan Daruvala starts season with strong performance

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Despite facing technical issues during pre-season testing, Jehan Daruvala qualified for race 1 at 4th while Kush Maini crossed the chequered flag at 8th position.

 

Mumbai Falcons made an impressive debut in the Formula 3 Asian Championship in the United Arab Emirates, with Jehan Daruvala clinching 3rd place in the first race of round 1 at the Dubai Autodrome. It was a commendable effort from the team as both the cars faced technical issues during pre-season testing. Despite that Jehan qualified for race 1 at 4th while Kush Maini crossed the chequered flag at 8th position.

Jehan had a good start and quickly moved up a place to 3rd and held on to it to claim the podium. His good run over the weekend helped him finish in 7th position in the overall drivers’ standings with 27 points. Kush, however, was unfortunate as he was hit by another car and had to pit, which put him at the back of the entire field. He still managed to clock the second-fastest lap time in this race which allowed him to start 2nd for race 2. An unlucky braking issue, again, saw Kush barely move 50 meters down the track, at the start of the race. Jehan too lost a few positions in the opening lap but recovered well later, to finish 7th.

From 18th, Jehan steadily climbed up the order and was by far the quickest driver on track, and helped him get into the points and eventually finish in 7th position.

Race 3 saw Kush get a fantastic start. But four cars entered the first corner side by side, leading to contact. This forced Kush to pit once again to repair the damage, to re-join at the back. Jehan’s car too momentarily went airborne and spun him around. The young Indian managed to get his car started and re-joined in the 18th. From there on, Jehan drove a brilliant race on a circuit with few overtaking opportunities; the 22-year-old was practically overtaking a car a lap.

From 18th, Jehan steadily climbed up the order and was by far the quickest driver on track, and helped him get into the points and eventually finish in 7th position. Jehan’s phenomenal pace meant he also had the fastest lap of the race, which was almost 3 tenths of a second faster than any other racer on track. French racer Pierre Louis Chovet won the race ahead of Sweden’s Ferrari Academy racer, Dino Beganovic. Williams F1 Junior, Roy Nissany was 3rd. The first two races were won by China’s Guanyu Zhou.

An unlucky brake issue, again, saw Kush barely move 50 meters down the track, at the start of the race.

After 3 of the 15 races of the 2021 season, Zhou tops the driver classification at the end of round 1 on 50 points, leading Chovet by a single point. An outstanding Formula 3 debut for Beganovic puts him 3rd in the standings, just 3 points behind Chovet and 9 points clear of Nissany in 4th. Hadjar is 5th ahead of Hitech Grand Prix’s Red Bull Junior driver Ayumu Iwasa, Jehan, BlackArts Racing’s Cem Bolukbasi, Iwasa’s teammate Reece Ushijima and Pinnacle Motorsport’s Alessio Deledda who is contesting his second season of the championship. The F3 Asian Championship now moves to Abu Dhabi’s F1 circuit, Yas Marina, for rounds 2 and 3 from February 4-7, 2021.

F3 Asian Championship drivers’ championship after round 1

Position Car No. Driver Team Points
1 33 Guanyu Zhou Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema 50
2 3 Pierre-Louis Chovet Pinnacle Motorsport 49
3 16 Dino Beganovic Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema 46
7 19 Jehan Daruvala Mumbai Falcons India Racing Ltd. 27
14 28 Kush Maini Mumbai Falcons India Racing Ltd. 0

 

 

Source: INDIA TODAY

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