Younger Indian race driver Jehan Daruvala strikes a step nearer to realising his dream of changing into a Method 1 competitor when he will get to check drive with former World Champions McLaren on the Silverstone circuit in England this week.
Tremendous excited and grateful for the chance to have my first expertise in a Method 1 automobile testing with @McLarenF1 this week!
An enormous thanks to the Purple Bull Junior Staff, my household, my help workforce, @MumbaiFalcons , McLaren and to everybody who’s supported me alongside the best way! pic.twitter.com/JuiQBkYCHU
— Jehan Daruvala (@DaruvalaJehan) June 20, 2022
Jehan will drive McLaren’s MCL35M automobile on the Silverstone circuit on Tuesday and Wednesday, changing into solely the third Indian after Naraine Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok to drive a Method 1 automobile.
“I’m actually excited at getting this chance to check an F1 automobile. It has been my dream to drive an F1 automobile and it’s a large alternative for me as only a few individuals get such an opportunity. I’m wanting ahead to doing my finest within the check,” mentioned Daruvala, who will proceed to be part of the Purple Bull Junior Staff which he joined in 2020.
The 23-year-old Mumbai-born driver is at the moment collaborating within the F2 Championship and has carried out effectively up to now within the season to be positioned third within the general standings.
Although testing an F1 automobile isn’t any assure to getting an everyday race drive in Method 1, it’s nonetheless an enormous alternative for a younger driver as he will get an opportunity to impress groups as they scout for expertise for future racing positions.
Daruvala mentioned as a lot throughout an interplay with choose Indian media. “Getting a check isn’t any assure of getting a full-fledged drive however it’s nonetheless an enormous alternative for me to study in regards to the F1 automobile and to impress groups that shall be in search of younger drivers for the longer term,” mentioned DAruvala.
“I am extremely grateful to be getting this chance. Testing in Method 1 is extraordinarily restricted and alternatives like these will not be simple to come back by, particularly with a championship-winning workforce like McLaren. Will probably be my first expertise in a Method 1 automobile, which I am certain shall be particular.
“The help that I’ve obtained from the Purple Bull Junior Staff, my household, and sponsors like Mumbai Falcons, coupled with this chance that McLaren have given me will allow me to organize myself higher to realize my childhood dream of competing in Method 1,” Daruvala mentioned on Monday.
About his intention for the two-day check drive, Daruvala mentioned he’ll initially attempt to know the F1 automobile effectively, find out about driving an F1 automobile after which attempt to drive as quick as he can to impress the groups.
He has already labored on the simulator for a few days to get to know the varied switches and to get the expertise of an F1 cockpit. Moreover, the teen has additionally been engaged on his health particularly on strengthening his neck area to face up to the additional G-Drive a driver experiences whereas driving a top-notch F1 automobile.
Although Daruvala shall be driving the 2021 McLaren automobile, which is kind of totally different from the present lot in F1, Daruvala mentioned the 2021 automobile was the quickest in F1 and can serve the aim of getting the expertise of driving an F1 automobile and studying about it.
Daruvala had in the beginning of the season mentioned that he aimed to get into F1 within the 2023 season. Requested how shut he’s to realising that dream, he mentioned that although at this second there appear to be no openings, he hopes to do effectively within the F2 season and impress the groups for future roles if not now.
Requested how did this chance come his approach, Daruvala mentioned he and his father acquired in contact with the McLaren workforce which runs its personal programme for younger drivers. “We have been in dialogue relating to a possibility and that got here as McLaren are operating their very own programme for younger drivers.”
Daruvala mentioned he isn’t enthusiastic about another racing sequence as his sole focus at the moment is on stepping into F1. Requested whether or not he would like a 3rd driver’s place over an everyday racing seat in another championships, Daruvala mentioned it is a tough choice to make at this second. He mentioned if he sees a possibility for getting an everyday drive within the subsequent season, he would like to be the reserve driver with a workforce.
Wanting ahead to it! https://t.co/9zrnVktCO9
— Jehan Daruvala (@DaruvalaJehan) June 20, 2022
“Jehan has been the main determine in Indian motorsport for the previous 10 years and is only one step away from each Indian’s dream of getting a aggressive Indian driver in Method 1. Our mission at Mumbai Falcons is to showcase the perfect of Indian motorsport expertise to the world. We’re proud supporters of Jehan’s 2022 Method 2 title bid and are simply as excited in regards to the testing alternative being given to him by McLaren,” mentioned the Mumbai Falcons, the driving drive behind making the motorsport ecosystem within the nation extra accessible to younger Indians.
“This can be a large second for Indian motorsport followers and naturally for Jehan himself as working with a prestigious workforce like McLaren will assist him take the subsequent step in his improvement in the direction of changing into solely the third Indian to compete in Method 1,” the Mumbai Falcons mentioned in a launch on Monday.