From Karting to winning in Formula 2, Jehan a step closer to his dream
Last Sunday saw Jehan Daruvala's rise from Formula 3 to Formula 2 as he stood on the podium with the Indian National Anthem being played, while his father watched him from the stands.
It all happened at the Sakhir race track in Bahrain. The Red Bull Junior driver who is just 22 years did not have the best starts this season, beginning with an engine that had some faults, Jehan Daruvala had to understand the most efficient ways to accelerate at high speeds but still manage to preserve the tyres.
By the end of the first weekend, he finished third, earning his first podium. Jehan also successfully defended his position against one of the most renowned names in the sport, Mick Schumacher.
Mick still has a lot to achieve but the kind of achievements his father, the seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher has accomplished, the name itself carries a lot of weight.
The Formula 2 winner earned a spot in the Formula One after Haas provided him with an opportunity for next season. This is a similar path Jehan Daruvala would want to take to make it big in the field of F1 racing.
Born in a Parsi family, Jehan started Karting aged 13, winning championships across Asia and Europe. In 2015, Jehan, for the first time competed in single-seaters with Forthcoming Motorsport in the Formula Renault 2.0 championships, finishing fifth.
In 2016 in November, the youngster was clear about the fact that he wants to participate in the European Formula 3 Championship for the 2017 season, signing for Carlin thereafter.
The Indian racer finished at the sixth position in the Championship but won a race at the Norisring, overtaking everyone apart from some top guns.
Cut to the last year, 2019, Jehan became a part of the inaugural Formula 3 season representing Prema Powerteam, winning a race at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. However, the grander win was in France in the feature race.
Scoring seven podiums and studying second four most of the season, he eventually ended up being third, only a point behind teammate Marcus Armstrong.
2020 saw his reunion with Caroline for the season with teammate Yuki Tsunoda from Red Bull Junior, finally winning his first race in the Formula 2 Sprint Race.
The future is extremely bright for the 22-year-old and hopefully, he would keep bringing laurels to his nation India.
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