Mumbai's Jehan Daruvala successfully completes his debut Formula One test with McLaren

The 23-year-old completes over 130 laps around Silverstone. The F2 championship challenger felt comfortable right from the off, he shared.

Mumbai's Jehan Daruvala successfully completes his debut Formula One test with McLaren

India’s Jehan Daruvala made a successful Formula One test debut this week with world championship-winning team McLaren. The 23-year-old drove the Woking-based team’s 2021 race-winning challenger - the MCL35M - on Tuesday and Wednesday at British Grand Prix venue Silverstone.

The test was Jehan’s first taste of Formula One machinery and he chalked up over 130 laps combined over the two days, over twice the distance F1 drivers will cover during next weekend’s
British Grand Prix. He is now eligible for a Formula One superlicence. Jehan ran trouble-free on both days.

Jehan said, “I really enjoyed my first time driving a Formula One car. I felt immediately at home and while it was physically more demanding than anything I have driven in the past, I didn’t have any issues with my fitness. As a result, we were able to work through the run plan well and complete everything we had mapped out. We did a mixture of high-fuel long runs and as well as shorter, low-fuel runs on different tyre compounds. That gave me a good understanding of how teams operate on an F1 weekend. Overall, I’m very pleased with how the two days went, how I coped and the mileage we were able to complete. I felt I was able to push closer to the limit with every lap and I can’t wait to drive one of these cars again.”

Jehan currently races with Italian team Prema in the Formula 2 championship, the feeder series that sits one step below Formula One, and is third in the overall standings. The Red Bull-backed racer, who remains a part of the Red Bull Junior Team is a three-time F2 winner and has scored 12 podiums in the category, including five top-three finishes from six rounds this season alone. He is aiming to become the first Indian to win the Formula 2 title this season and only the third racer from the country to race in Formula One.

For those unversed, Jehan Daruvala is a racing driver from Mumbai, India. He began karting at the age of 10 in 2009. Two years later, he was picked as one of the three winners of Force India’s ‘One From a Billion’ talent hunt. In 2013, he became the first Asian to win the British KF3 karting championship. A proven winner, Jehan has won in every category he has competed in. He is currently racing in the FIA Formula 2 Championship, which is a feeder series to Formula 1 and takes place on the same weekends. Already a multiple winner in the category, Jehan’s goal for the 2022 season is to claim the title which would boost his chances of becoming only the third Indian on the Formula One grid.

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