05 Oct Podium finish for Daruvala in Hockenheim
Jehan Daruvala enjoyed a podium finish on Saturday after finishing third in the first race of the weekend. Having qualifying third, Daruvala was able to hold on to his position throughout the race duration while Stefan Riener gained two places after starting from twelfth on the grid. Having lost a position in the opening lap, Daruvala was able to take the inside line to regain the place up into third. Alex Gill, having started in fifteenth, suffered an early end to the first race after spinning into the gravel causing him to retire from the race. The incident also resulted in the safety car being deployed for the first time this weekend. On the restart, Riener was able to progress two places up into eleventh before getting past Chaves in the closing stages of the race into tenth. Daruvala continued to successfully defend his position in third until the chequered flag before making the podium.
The heavy rain resulted in an incident filled second race of the weekend with the safety car leading the grid at both the start and end of the race. Despite the lack of grip, Gill gained an impressive seven places during the race after starting from fourteenth. Riener started the race just ahead in thirteenth but after a visit to the pits in the final eight minutes, lost a number of places. With twenty minutes remaining, the safety car returned to the pits and racing got underway despite hazardous conditions still on track. Daruvala, who had started the race in sixth, spun, falling down to twelfth while Riener, who also spun after the restart, lost four places. Gill was able to progress up three places up into eleventh before soon gaining a further place into tenth. After another two spins due to the continual lack of grip, Daruvala fell to fifteenth on the grid before retiring with just seven minutes remaining of the race after his fourth spin. Gill had been able to continue his progress and was up to seventh in the grid while Riener made a visit to the pits pushing him to the back of the grid. With just five minutes remaining, the safety car was deployed and the grid followed until the chequered flag. Gill crossed the line in an impressive seventh place while Riener finished the race in seventeenth.
Huge progress was made by Riener in the third and final race of the weekend after gaining an impressive eight places after starting from fourteenth on the grid. Daruvala started the final race in second after showing his quick pace in qualifying but was airborne in the opening lap forcing him down the grid into seventh. In the opening laps, Riener had successfully gained three places up into eleventh before Gill spun off track resulting in the safety car being deployed. After the brief safety car period, Daruvala suffered a drive through penalty for jumping the start, and came out of the pits in eighteenth. Riener’s success continued as he made his way up through the grid up into seventh place before taking sixth in the final lap of the race. In the final three minutes of the race, Daruvala was able to progress a huge number of places, crossing the line in eleventh.