Indian F2 driver, Jehan Daruvala becomes the first in the country’s history to win an F2 race. But who is Daruvala and how did he rise to fame? Or in this case, the checkered flag.
After a thrilling battle against current F2 champ Mick Schumacher and Daniel Ticktum, the 22-year-old Indian rose to glory in the support race of the season-ending Formula 1 Grand Prix. Driving for Rayo Racing, he had a great launch from P2. Towards the final laps of the race, Ticktum squeezed Daruvala on the inside, which actually allowed Schumacher to flank the both of them. Eventually, Ticktum emerged in the lead, followed by Schumacher and Daruvala in third. Just a couple of corners later, Daruvala maneuvered past Schumacher for P2. Schumacher then passes Daruvala once again to relegate him back to third. Eventually Schumacher and Daruvala pass Ticktum for P1 and P2.
Born November 1 in the city of Mumbai, Jehan’s love for speed was found at the age of 13 when he was karting. He even won Champion and Vice Champion titles across Asia and Europe. He really got into the game in 2015 though, when he stepped up to single-seaters with Fortec Motorsport and FR 2.0 championships. Even as just a guest driver, he bagged a win in the Eurocup and Alps Series.
The surname Daruvala was now on a watchlist at circuits across Asia but his apatite for speed didn’t stop there. In November of 2016, Daruvala then decided to switch to the European Formula 3 Championship for the 2017 season. Carlin Racing signed him the following month. One of his most impressive races of his career was at Norisring, he won and finished sixth in the championship, outscoring every teammate of his. After a few marvelous corners at the FIA Formula 3, he arrived at F2 in February 2020.
Jehan Daruvala, #8 on the track spent the last 5 years perfecting the art of speed and has been swiftly spearheading India’s name in the Formula dynasty. After the race he said “Motorsport is pretty big in India. We have tons of people watching us and at the end of the day, I want to do myself and the country proud. I want to prove to the people that even though we don’t have the same tech and facilities as the Europeans, we can work hard, fight right at the sharp end of the grid and achieve greatness.
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