By securing a two-day test with eight-time constructors’ champions McLaren, Indian racer Jehan Daruvala came a significant step closer to realizing his Formula One goal.
For the first time, the 23-year-old, who is presently in his third season in Formula 2, will be logging valuable kilometers in a Formula 1 car. On June 21 and 22, he will race the McLaren MCL35, which contested in the 2021 Formula One Championship, at Silverstone in the United Kingdom.
Daruvala will gain much-needed experience in a highly sophisticated Formula 1 vehicle during the test, which is part of McLaren’s Testing Previous Car (TPC) program.
He’ll use the track time to acquire enough points to apply for a Super Licence, which is required to participate in Formula 1.
Daruvala is a member of the Red Bull Junior Program, although he has received permission from the Milton Keynes team to test with a rival F1 team.
He’s already stated that the current Formula 2 season is a make-or-break season for him in terms of his Formula 1 ambitions. With five podiums in six races, he is presently in third place in the standings.
@Daruvala is participating in our Testing Previous Car (TPC) program.
On the 21st and 22nd of June, Jehan will test the MCL35M at Silverstone. Jehan, have fun with your first drive in an F1 car! 👊🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/rimIYCtE7q June 20, 2022 – McLaren (@McLarenF1)
The Mumbai-based driver sounded delighted about the possibility when speaking to the media, but cautioned that nothing is guaranteed till 2023.
“This has nothing to do with me having a Formula 1 drive next year. There aren’t many F1 seats available, but I’ve had this chance to be in an F1 vehicle and do well, and if I do get the chance, I want to be prepared “he stated
“I’ve never had the opportunity to drive a Formula One car before. This exam is for me to learn about the car, its features, and its limitations. My goal is to win the F2 Championship, and I’m hoping that if I do well enough, my name will be heard.” He will be doing rounds of the Silverstone track with speeds in excess of 300kmph, pushing his body to the limit, especially the neck with G forces involved.
Daruvala stated that he is ready to take the next step after competing in the F2 round in Baku.
“Aside from my neck, I haven’t done anything special. I’ve been preoccupied with my racing (F2). I’m normally in good shape and don’t have any problems. I will come to know at the end of the week but I have prepared my body as much as I can for the test.”
Daruvala is aiming to become the third Indian to race in Formula 1 after Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok.