Norisring breakthrough victory for Force India-protégé Daruvala

Jehan Daruvala took victory in race three at the Norisring - Credit: FIA Formula 3 European Championship

Jehan Daruvala’s weekend at the Norisring got better and better as it went on, with the eighteen-year-old Sahara Force India-protégé claiming his first victory in Sunday’s final race.

The Carlin driver became the first Indian to win a race in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship after jumping into the lead at the start ahead of Maximilian Günther and then keeping the Prema Powerteam driver at arms length for the remainder of the race.

Daruvala survived two full course cautions due to incidents for Mick Schumacher and Tadasuke Makino, eventually taking the chequered flag by just under half a second from Günther, adding to his earlier results of sixth and fourth in the opening two races.

“I had a really good start and managed to get in to the lead of the race before the first corner,” said Daruvala. “After that I felt really comfortable with the car and I just focused on myself and kept my head down to drive a controlled race.

“I want to say a big thanks to the team for all the effort and for giving me an amazing car to drive.”

Daruvala now sits fifth in the championship standings on 106 points having scored points in every race this season apart from race three at Pau.