F3 Barcelona: Daruvala wins to give Prema first weekend clean sweep

Jehan Daruvala won the second race of the FIA Formula 3 Championship weekend at Barcelona, giving Prema Racing a clean sweep of victories from the series' inaugural weekend

F3 Barcelona: Daruvala wins to give Prema first weekend clean sweep

Daruvala got the difficult job done at the start, passing reversed-grid polesitter Niko Kari at the start before a pile-up at Turn 1 brought out a safety car.

When the race resumed, Daruvala managed the gap to Kari until another safety car for Simo Laaksonen's battered MP Motorsport car, but again cannoned off the final corner with a perfect restart to establish a lead out of DRS range.

The gap remained at just over two seconds for the majority of the race, with Daruvala sealing a comfortable win.

Behind, third-place starter Juri Vips took second, but his route was a lot more difficult than it appeared.

After a tricky getaway the Red Bull junior spent most of the race in fifth.

Fast-starting ART Grand Prix driver Max Fewtrell held third for the majority of the race, but was passed by Marcus Armstrong with seven laps to go and Vips repeated the move at Turn 1 in the same style one lap later.

But Vips was not done, again demonstrating Hitech's rapid race pace by diving down the inside of Ferrari junior driver Armstrong at Turn 1 in a daring move that was duly rewarded.

He then reeled in Kari in a matter of two laps and also passed him at Turn 1, scoring second to better his sixth place from Saturday.

Race one winner Robert Shwartzman - another Ferrari-backed Prema driver - worked his way patiently through the field but came alive in the closing laps, stealing a position from Armstrong on the penultimate lap.

He got within a hair of displacing Kari, but ran out of time and had to settle for fourth ahead of team-mate Armstrong.

Christian Lundgaard was the top ART driver home in sixth, having finished second in the previous race after a penalty robbed him of an on-the-road win.

His ART team-mates followed, David Beckmann finishing ahead of the final point scorer Fewtrell - with both drivers finishing below their starting positions.

Red Bull-baked Yuki Tsunoda finished where he started for Jenzer in ninth, ahead of top Carlin driver Felipe Drugovich.

Result - 22 laps

Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Jehan Daruvala Prema Racing 40m29.021s
2 Juri Vips Hitech GP 2.121s
3 Niko Kari Trident 3.742s
4 Robert Shwartzman Prema Racing 4.266s
5 Marcus Armstrong Prema Racing 5.257s
6 Christian Lundgaard ART Grand Prix 5.721s
7 David Beckmann ART Grand Prix 9.453s
8 Max Fewtrell ART Grand Prix 13.914s
9 Yuki Tsunoda Jenzer Motorsport 15.897s
10 Felipe Drugovich Carlin 16.591s
11 Lirim Zendeli Charouz 17.135s
12 Sebastian Fernandez Campos Racing 17.740s
13 Bent Viscaal HWA 18.155s
14 Logan Sargeant Carlin 18.953s
15 Teppei Natori Carlin 20.601s
16 Pedro Piquet Trident 21.197s
17 Liam Lawson MP Motorsport 22.570s
18 Keyvan Andres HWA 24.456s
19 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport 24.832s
20 Devlin Defrancesco Trident 25.368s
21 Leonardo Pulcini Hitech GP 31.452s
22 Andreas Estner Jenzer Motorsport 33.860s
23 Alessio Deledda Campos Racing 38.702s
24 Alex Peroni Campos Racing 47.540s
- Simo Laaksonen MP Motorsport Retirement
- Fabio Scherer Charouz Retirement
- Yifei Ye Hitech GP Retirement
- Raoul Hyman Charouz Retirement
- Jake Hughes HWA Retirement
- Artem Petrov Jenzer Motorsport Retirement

Drivers' standings

Pos Driver Points
1 Robert Shwartzman 37
2 Christian Lundgaard 24
3 Jehan Daruvala 23
4 Marcus Armstrong 21
5 Juri Vips 20
6 Niko Kari 14
7 David Beckmann 14
8 Max Fewtrell 11
9 Simo Laaksonen 2
10 Yuki Tsunoda 1

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