Indiaโ€™s Jehan Daruvala completes successful Formula One test with McLaren

Jehan Daruvala made a successful Formula One test debut this week with world championship-winning team McLaren.

The 23-year-old drove the Woking-based teamโ€™s 2021 race-winning challenger, the MCL35M on Tuesday and Wednesday at the British Grand Prix venue, Silverstone.

The test was Jehanโ€™s first taste of Formula One machinery and he chalked up over 130 laps combined over the two days, over twice the distance F1 drivers will cover during next weekendโ€™s British Grand Prix. This also means that Jehan is now eligible for a Formula One super licence, which is essential to compete in Formula 1 races.

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Speaking about his experience the racer said, โ€œI really enjoyed my first time driving a Formula One car. I felt immediately at home and while it was physically more demanding than anything I have driven in the past, I didnโ€™t have any issues with my fitness. As a result, we were able to work through the run plan well and complete everything we had mapped out. We did a mixture of high-fuel long runs and as well as shorter, low-fuel runs on different tyre compounds. That gave me a good understanding of how teams operate on an F1 weekend.

โ€œOverall, Iโ€™m very pleased with how the two days went, how I coped and the mileage we were able to complete. I felt I was able to push closer to the limit with every lap and I canโ€™t wait to drive one of these cars again.โ€

Jehan currently races with Italian team Prema in the Formula 2 championship, the feeder series that sits one step below Formula One, and is third in the overall standings. The Red Bull-backed racer, who remains a 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 from six rounds this season alone.

He is aiming to become the first Indian to win the Formula 2 title this season and only the third racer from the country to race in Formula One.

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