23-year-old talented Indian racer Jehan Daruvala made a successful debut in the Formula 1 test debut with McLaren, the eight-time constructors’ winner. The youngster has now become eligible for a Super Lion.
Daruvala, who is trying to become the third racer from India to ever take part in Formula 1, on Tuesday and Wednesday, drove the Woking-based team’s 2021 race-winning challenger – the MCL35M at Silverstone.
Jehan got his first taste of F1 machinery through the grueling test and he racked up a combined tally in excess of 130 laps over the two days, over twice the distance F1 drivers will cover during the British Grand Prix, scheduled to take place next week.
The track time helped him garner adequate points to apply for a Super License, which is needed to participate in the Formula 1.
Jehan, who ran in an effortless manner on both the days, presently plies his trade with Italian team Prema in the Formula 2 championship.
“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,” Jehan was quoted as saying on Friday, June 24.
As per to Jehan, the experience gave him a fairly good understanding of how the teams plan and strategise on an F1 weekend.
“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 tire 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,” he added.
Jehan, who is also a part of the Red Bull Junior Team, has won the F2 three times. Moreover, he has scored 12 podiums in the category, including five top-three finishes from six rounds this season alone.
India has had only two drivers thus far in Formula 1 Karun Chandhok and Narain Karthikeyan.