Daruvala joins Carlin for FIA F2
Team Carlins signed Jehan Daruvala for the next FIA Formula 2 season. The 21-year-old Indian racer – who was a championship contender and race winner in the FIA F3 Championship last year – makes the step up to F1 feeder series in Red Bull colours, having been announced as a member of the Red Bull Junior team. Daruvala will race alongside already announced team-mate and fellow Red Bull Junior Yuki Tsunoda.
Daruvala re-joins Carlin following two successful seasons with the team in Formula 3 in 2017 and 2018 claiming several podiums, wins and poles with the Farnham based team.
In 2019, he moved to the FIA F3 Championship on the F1 support package claiming two victories and a total of seven podiums to finish third in the Drivers’ standings, missing out on the vice champion spot by just one point.
Daruvala has spent the winter recuperating following a serious knee injury he sustained while training last November. Having endured surgery on his knee, the Indian racer is happily back to full fitness ahead of the 12 round FIA F2 season and is ready for pre-season testing next week.
“I’m very happy to be back for my third season with Carlin, it’s great to be working with some of the same people again on the engineering side as I make the step up to F2. It’s a new challenge for me, but I think for everyone, including the teams there will be things to learn this year“, Daruvala said, “I’m very proud to be going into the season as a Red Bill Junior which will of course be added pressure but I believe I have the platform to deliver, so it’s going to be up to me. I can’t wait to get going.”
Daruvala will be on track in Red Bull colours for the first time early next month when he takes part in official testing at the Bahrain International Circuit on 1st/3rd March. Bahrain will also host the first race of the season on 20th/ 22nd March.