Indian racer Jehan Daruvala took a substantial step towards realizing his Formula 1 dream by completing a two-day test with eight-time constructors champion McLaren.
The 23-year-old, who is currently in his third season in Formula 2, will be driving valuable miles in a Formula 1 car for the very first time. He will drive the McLaren MCL35, which took part in the 2021 F1 Championship, at Silverstone in the UK on 21-22 June.
The test, which is part of McLaren’s Testing Previous Car (TPC) programme, will provide Daruvala with much-needed experience in a highly complex Formula 1 car.
Track time will also help him earn enough points to apply for a super license, which is needed to compete in Formula 1.
Although Daruvala is part of the Red Bull Junior program, he has obtained the requisite clearance from the Milton Keynes outfit to test with a rival F1 team.
He has already said that the current Formula 2 season is a make-or-break for him in terms of his Formula 1 dream. He is currently in the midst of his best season with five podiums in six rounds, pushing him to third in the standings.
As part of our Testing Previous Car (TPC) program,@DaruvalaJehan will test the MCL35M at Silverstone on June 21 and June 22.
Enjoy your first drive in an F1 car, Jehan! pic.twitter.com/rimIYCtE7q
— McLaren (@McLarenF1) June 20, 2022
Speaking to media, the Mumbai-based driver sounded ecstatic about getting the chance but said it doesn’t guarantee anything before 2023.
“This has nothing to do with me getting a ride in Formula 1 next year. There aren’t many seats available in F1, but I’ve had the chance to sit in an F1 car and do well And if I get the chance, I want to do it.” be ready,” he said.
“I have never driven a Formula 1 car before. This test is for me to get to know the car and its characteristics and find its limits. My goal is to win the F2 championship and hopefully I do enough and is my name known noted).” He will complete laps of the Silverstone circuit at speeds in excess of 300 km/h, pushing his body to its limits, especially the neck with G-forces involved.
Fresh off the F2 round in Baku, Daruvala said he is ready to take the big step.
“Apart from my neck, I haven’t done too much extra. I’ve been busy with my racing (F2). I’m very fit in general and don’t have that much trouble. I’ll know at the end of the week, but I prepared my body for the test as best I could.”
Daruvala aims to become the third Indian to race in Formula 1, after Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok.