Jehan Daruvala successfully completes an F1 test with McLaren | Race News
The 23-year-old, who is aiming to become India’s third driver to race in Formula 1, drove the Woking-based team’s 2021 race-winning challenger – the MCL35M – on Tuesday and Wednesday at Silverstone.
The test was Jehan’s first taste of F1 machinery and he racked up more than 130 laps combined over the two days, more than double the distance F1 drivers will cover in the British Grand Prix of next weekend.
The track time helped him earn enough points to apply for a super license, which is needed to compete in Formula 1.
Jehan, who raced smoothly on both days, is currently racing with Italian team Prema in the Formula 2 championship, the feeder series that sits a notch below Formula 1, and is third overall.
What a day it’s been!… An unreal experience driving a Formula 1 for the first time around Silverston… https://t.co/8hL3pbIZye
— Jehan Daruvala (@DaruvalaJehan) 1656057889000
“I really enjoyed my first time behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car. I immediately felt at home and although it was physically more demanding than anything I had driven in the past, I didn’t feel no problem with my physical condition,” Jehan said in a press release on Friday.
According to Jehan, this experience gave him a good understanding of how teams work during an F1 weekend.
“As a result, we were able to work well on the race plan and complete everything we had planned. We did a mix of long high fuel races and shorter low fuel races on different compounds of It gave me a good understanding of how the teams work on an F1 weekend.
“Overall I’m very happy with how the two days went, how I coped and the mileage we were able to cover. I felt I was able to get closer to the limit with every lap and I can’t wait to drive one of these cars again,” he added.
Jehan, who is still part of the Red Bull Junior team, is a three-time F2 winner and has scored 12 podiums in the category, including five top three finishes in six rounds this season alone.
He is aiming to become the first Indian to win the Formula 2 title this season.
So far, India has only had two drivers in F1 – Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok.