Indian driver Jehan Daruvala completed an exhilarating pole to flag victory in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship here on 27 July 2018. Formula 1 hopeful Jehan also had the fastest lap to his name in race one of the weekend at the legendary Spa Francorchamps circuit. The teenage racing sensation from Mumbai had a tense qualifying earlier 26 July 2018 and began setting lap times with only five minutes left for the session to end.
The race resumed with Palou retaining his lead ahead of Jehan, who in turn faced no threat. Once again, out of Eau Rouge and onto the long Kemmel Straight, Jehan went around the outside of Palou to grab the race lead. Jehan thereafter had to ensure that he immediately put in a bit of a gap, to avoid being overtaken once again due to the slipstream effect. He managed to do that successfully, opening up a six-tenth advantage over Palou.
Jehan, unfortunately, lost ground, when the lights went off to start the race 27 July 2018. His car bogged down and by the first corner, Jehan had fallen to third. As the leaders accelerated out of the iconic Eau Rouge corner, Jehan took advantage of the slipstream and muscled his way into second. Soon, an incident behind the leaders brought out the safety car for 2 laps.
Jehan was fifth on the timesheets after his first lap and improved to provisional second on the next lap. On his third and last effort, Jehan gave it everything for a brilliant lap to bag pole position by 0.10 seconds ahead of the then championship leader – Marcus Armstrong of New Zealand. Jehan managed to lap the 7km circuit in a time of 2:12.983, while Spaniard, Alex Palou was third, two tenths behind Jehan.