Indian Jehan Daruvala called by the Formula 1 McLaren team to test his car during the Grand Prix of Great Britain
Formula 1 has not seen an Indian driver for a long time. Certainly, Jehan will not contribute to Silverstone, but it is a big step for Daruvala in his career.
Jehan Daruvala in Red Bull colors. (Courtesy: Jehan Daruvala/Twitter)
- McLaren haven’t had much pace this season
- The British team struggled with their drivers
- It would be Jehan Daruvala’s first time driving an F1 car
Indian-born Jehan Daruvala has been called up by Formula One team McLaren to test his car at the British Grand Prix, scheduled for July 3. The call is part of McLaren’s search for promising drivers looking to break into the Formula 1 championship. The team announced the news via its social media account, congratulating Daruvala, who drives in the Formula 2 championship with Prema racing. He is currently in third place.
As part of our Testing Previous Car (TPC) program,@DaruvalaJehan will test the MCL35M at Silverstone on June 21-22.
Enjoy your first drive in F1, Jehan! pic.twitter.com/rimIYCtE7q
—McLaren (@McLarenF1) June 20, 2022
Daruvala reacted with joy after the news and said it was a great opportunity for him to be called to Silverstone.
McLaren had a hard time with the pace throughout the F1 season and was everywhere in the team.
Super excited and grateful for the opportunity to have my first experience in a Formula 1 car test with @McLarenF1 this week!
Many thanks to the Red Bull Junior team, my family, my support team, @MumbaiFalcons McLaren and everyone who has supported me along the way!
– Jehan Daruvala (@daruvalajehan) June 20, 2022
Besides their unreliable car, some of the blame has been placed on Australian Daniel Ricciardo, who has struggled with the car since joining the team. Several reports have indicated that Ricciardo could be dismissed after the season, which means that McLaren will need a new pilot. Although Daruvala’s direct jump to F1 is highly unlikely, a strong performance could land him as a test driver for the British team.
Daruvala, born in Mumbai, may only be present for a test in the F1 car, but it will be good news for Indian fans, who have not seen a lot of performance after Narain Kartikeyan and Karun Chandok, who was also back between the years. 2010-2012.