India’s Jahan Daruwalla gets his first test drive in F1 with McLaren

Jehan will drive McLaren’s MCL35M car at the Silverstone circuit on Tuesday and Wednesday, becoming the third Indian after Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandok to drive a Formula 1 car.

“I’m really excited to have this opportunity to test-drive an F1 car. Driving an F1 car has been my dream and it’s a big opportunity for me because very few people get that opportunity. I look forward to doing my best.” I am in the test,” said Daruwalla, who will continue to be part of the Red Bull Junior team he joined in 2020.

The 23-year-old Mumbai-born driver currently competing in the F2 Championship has done well so far in the season, finishing third in the overall standings.

Although testing an F1 car is no guarantee of getting a regular race drive in Formula 1, it is still a great opportunity for a young driver to impress teams as they seek talent for future racing positions. seek.

Daruwalla said this during a conversation with select Indian media. Daruwalla said, “Getting a test is no guarantee of getting a full drive, but it is still a great opportunity for me to learn about the F1 car and influence teams looking for young drivers for the future.” “

“I am incredibly grateful to have had this opportunity. Testing in Formula 1 is extremely limited and opportunities like these are not easy to come by, especially with a championship winning team like McLaren. This will be my first experience in Formula 1.” . car, which I am sure will be special.

“The opportunity McLaren has given me, combined with the support I have received from the Red Bull Junior team, my family and sponsors such as the Mumbai Falcons, gives me the opportunity to better myself to achieve my childhood dream of competing in Formula 1. Will enable us to prepare in a manner that will enable it to be prepared in a manner that is possible,” Daruwalla said on Monday.

Regarding his objective of the two-day test drive, Daruwalla said that he would initially try to get to know the F1 car well, learn to drive an F1 car and then try to drive as fast as possible to impress the teams. .

He has already worked on the simulator for a few days to get to know the different switches and get the feel of the F1 cockpit. In addition, Young is also working on his fitness, specifically strengthening his neck area to counteract the extra G-force a driver experiences when driving a top F1 car. .

Although Daruwalla will drive the 2021 McLaren car, which is quite different from the current lot in F1, Daruwalla said the 2021 car was the fastest in F1 and will serve the purpose of driving an F1 car and gaining a learning experience from it.

Daruwalla said at the start of the season that he aims to join F1 in the 2023 season. Asked how close he is to realizing that dream, he said that although there is no opening in sight at the moment, he hopes to do well in the F2 season and influence teams for future roles If not now.

Asked how the opportunity came his way, Daruwalla said he and his father are in touch with the McLaren team which runs its own program for young drivers. “We were discussing an opportunity and it came about as McLaren is rolling out its program for young drivers.”

Daruwalla said he is not thinking of any other racing series as his only focus is currently on joining F1. Asked if he would prefer the third driver position over a regular racing seat in some other championships, Daruwalla said it was a difficult decision at the moment. He said that if he gets a chance to drive regularly next season, he would love to be a reserve driver with a team.

“Jahan has been a leading figure in Indian motorsport for the past 10 years and is just one step away from every Indian’s dream of being a competitive Indian driver in Formula 1. Our mission at Mumbai Falcons is to showcase the best of Indian motorsport talent in the world. We Jahan’s 2022 Formula 2 title bid and are equally excited about the opportunity to be tested by McLaren,” said the Mumbai Falcons, the driving force behind making the motorsport ecosystem in the country more accessible. Young Indian.

“This is a huge moment for Indian motorsport fans and certainly for Jehan, working with an iconic team like McLaren will help him take the next step in his development towards becoming only the third Indian to compete in Formula 1. Will get,” Mumbai Falcons said in a release on Monday.

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