Pune: Indian teenage racing sensation Jehan Daruvala, the product of the Sahara Force India Academy, will continue in F3 for a second season. Renowned motorsport outfit Carlin, have once again signed the Indian youngster for the FIA Formula 3 European Championship.
Early in 2017, Jehan became the first Indian ever to win a Grand Prix, after he dominated the New Zealand Grand Prix to take the chequered flag style, at the Circuit Chris Amon in Manfeild.
Jehan then made his debut in April, in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, with Carlin. He once again created history, when he became the first Indian ever, to win a race in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship.
Prior to this, Jehan also became the first Indian to qualify on pole and earn podiums, in the championship, and finished the season sixth overall. Jehan also emerged as the only racer to complete all thirty races (twenty five of these in the points).
The Indian National Anthem rung out a further seven times this year, thanks to Jehan’s victories, out of an astounding 26 total podiums in the rookie classification. Importantly Jehan has the highest rookie podium percentage of any racer in the history of the Rookie Classification of the FIA F3 European Championship.
One of India’s brightest prospects to race in Formula 1 in the coming years, Jehan has made commendable progress up the racing ladder.
Jehan till date remains the only Indian to stand on the podium of an official FIA World Championship when he finished 2nd runner up of the FIA CIK World Karting Championship in 2014. He also finished as runner up in the German Karting Championship the same year.
Jehan made the switch to Formula Cars the following year, with a successful debut in the Formula Renault 2.0 car. The Mumbai based teenager rounded of the season with four podiums in addition to five ‘Best Rookie’ trophies. Jehan kicked off his 2016 campaign on a high with six podiums including three victories to finish runner up in the Toyota Racing Series, New Zealand. He continued with Formula Renault 2.0 in Europe competing in both the NEC and Euro series to round off the year with another six podiums.
F3 has been used as a stepping stone by most F1 racers including Lewis Hamilton, Sebastien Vettel, Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher and many more.
Most racers participating in their second or third season of F3 adds to the competitiveness of the series and also makes it much tougher for a rookie. Besides Jehan’s performance in the FIA F3 European Championship, Jehan also made a good debut at the F3 World Cup.
Jehan Daruvala over the years
2017 Jehan created many firsts by an Indian when we won a a race, bagged pole & also had a total of 3 podiums in his maiden F3 season.
Importantly, Jehan has the highest rookie podium percentage of any racer in the history of the FIA F3 European Championship. He was on the Rookie Podium 26 times out of 30 races.
He first proved his mettle in karting as an eleven year old when he won the 2010 National Karting Championship.
The title of 2011 Malaysian Junior Yamaha Champion was next. 2012 saw Jehan earn India its biggest title in Karting till date, when he won the FIA CIK Asia Pacific KF3 Championship.
The following year he became the first and only Indian to win a Karting Title in Europe when he was crowned the 2013 British KF3 Champion.