Jehan Daruvala to make F1 test debut with McLaren

Jehan Daruvala to make F1 test debut with McLaren: Young Indian racer Jehan Daruvala, who last week made his Formula 1 test debut with eight-time constructors’ champion McLaren, has now qualified for a Super Licence.

The 23-year-old drove the Woking team’s 2021 race-winning challenger, the MCL35M, on Tuesday and Wednesday at Silverstone to become the third driver from India to compete in Formula 1.

The test was Jehan’s first experience with F1 equipment, and over two days, he completed more than 130 laps or more than double the distance that F1 drivers would go at the British Grand Prix the following weekend.

What a crazy couple of days!… Driving a Formula 1 vehicle around Silverstone for the first time was an incredible experience. Thank you so much to everyone who helped make this possible; I had a great time and learned much in only two days.

He was able to get enough points thanks to the track time to apply for a Super Licence, which is required to participate in Formula 1.

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Currently competing for the Italian team Prema in the Formula 2 championship, the feeder series that comes directly after Formula 1, Jehan, who had trouble-free runs on both days, is third in the overall standings.

“I had a great time on my first Formula One driving experience. Although it was physically more challenging than anything I had ever driven, I felt right at home, and I had no problems with my fitness, Jehan was quoted as saying in a media release on Friday.

Jehan claims that the experience helped him have a solid knowledge of how teams function over an F1 weekend.

“As a consequence, we successfully executed the run plan and finished all we had planned. We performed a combination of lengthy, high-fuel runs and shorter, low-fuel sessions on various tire compounds. I now have a solid idea of how teams function throughout an F1 weekend.

“Overall, I’m quite happy with the way the two days went, how I handled myself, and the amount of kilometers we were able to cover. “I can’t wait to drive one of these cars again,” he said. “I felt like I was able to push closer to the edge with every lap.

Jehan is a three-time F2 champion and a Red Bull Junior Team member. He has achieved 12 podium finishes in the division, including five top-three results from only six races this season.

He wants to make history by being the first Indian to win the Formula 2 championship this year.

Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok are the only F1 drivers from India.