Only eighteen years of age, Jehan Daruvala is already being looked on as India’s next ‘F1’ hope. He first sat in a kart when he was 7 years old. At thirteen, he was selected for the Sahara Force India Academy by virtue of being the brightest talent to emerge from its ‘One From A Billion’ programme. He is the only Indian in the Academy.
Jehan started competing on the European tracks and bagging podiums in the highly competitive Formula Renault series in his mid-teens. He has already bagged fifteen podiums - of which 10 are European - the highest won by an Indian in his first two years of racing. He entered the world of single-seater racing in 2015 after winning the CIK FIA Asia Pacific KF3 Championship and the MSA SuperOne KF3 British Championship. He also proved his mettle on the European karting circuit, finishing third in the World Karting Championship and second in the German Championship. In his maiden Formula racing year, he bagged four podiums and five ‘Best Rookie’ trophies at the Formula Renault 2.0 NEC, and finished in the top five. He started 2016 on a high, when he bagged the second position at the Toyota Racing Series in New Zealand.
Jehan is the second Indian after Karun Chandhok to be inducted in the British Racing Drivers’ Club’s (BRDC) Rising Stars programme, the most exclusive club in motor racing. F3 is the next step on his journey to Formula One. He has been signed up by one of the biggest teams in the FIA European F3 Championship – Carlin.