India on an F2 Podium
For the first time in the sport’s history, an Indian has made it to the podium
For several years, India and its motorsport community have tried hard to produce excellent racers and drivers. Several of them made it to the international stage, but none of them could achieve a significant trophy. In 2020, that has changed and India finally has a winner in the world of Formula racing. Recently, India’s Jehan Daruvala racing in the F2 division achieved his first maiden podium victory at Sakhir, Bahrain.
Before we pen down more about Daruvala’s incredible win, let’s first look at his racing profile and history.
Passionate since childhood
When he was a 9-year-old, he used to watch F1 with his family. Those days, Fernando Alonso used to be his hero and at the same time, he began karting with his father. A resident of Mumbai, Jehan Daruvala attended the Bombay Scottish School whereas his karting career began under the guidance of Rayomand Banerjee. Born in 1998, Daruvala by the year 2009 turned into a professional karting driver.
Participation and progress
In 2009, Daruvala took part in the Micromax category of the Indian National Championship. 2010, his Asian journey began as he reached the All-Stars Karting Championship held in Malaysia. In the following year, Daruvala made a mark at the CIK FIA Asia Pacific Championship. His performance earned him appreciation from foreign countries as Daruvala commenced his adventure in Europe. 2012 witnessed Daruvala at the Super One British National Championship and by 2014, he entered the Formula Renault NEC.
Into Formula racing
In 2019, Daruvala ventured into the world of Formula racing after he signed a contract with team Prema Racing of Formula Three. With Prema, Daruvala secured an overall season position of third with seven podium finishes under his belt. This incredible record earned him a promotion to Formula Two.
In Formula Two, Jehan joined Carlin Motorsports to race for the Red Bull Junior Team. This season, he reached the 12th position with a total point of 72.
Daruvala’s historic win
In the race of Sakhir at Bahrain, Daruvala finished first while teammate Yuki Tsunoda finished second with a difference of 2.9 seconds. To win the race, Jehan fought hard against Mick Schumacher (son of Michael Schumacher) and champion racer Dan Ticktum.