Jehan Daruvala is a young Indian motorsport driver and an F1 prospect who currently drives in the F2, find out more about his brief bio, father and net worth
Daruvala is currently in his fourth year in F2 and is looking to me it into Formula One by 2024.
Who is Jehan Daruvala Indian F2 driver, biography, age, father, education, team, wins, net worth
My first experience of a Formula E car yesterday at the rookie test in Berlin!😁… Really enjoyed myself out there, continuously learning and adapting to a new car and style of driving. Thank you to @MahindraRacing for the opportunity!😀
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— Jehan Daruvala (@DaruvalaJehan) April 25, 2023
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Up until now, there have been only two drivers from India to have joined Formula One – Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok.
Jehan Daruvala brief bio and early life
Jehan Daruvala is an Indian racing driver who was born in Mumbai in 1998. He currently races for MP Motorsport in Formula 2 and started out with karting from a young age. Jehan found success at an early age, both in his native India and abroad in the sport after winning both the 2012 Asia-Pacific Championship and 2013 Super 1 National Championship titles. He was also placed third in the 2014 Karting World Championship.
Daruvala was born in Mumbai to Khurshed and Kainaz Daruvala, a Parsi family and he studied at Bombay Scottish School, Mahim. His father Khurshed is the MD of Sterling & Wilson, an associate company of Shapoorji Pallonji. He has a net worth of $1.5 million.
Born: 1 October 1998 (age 24 years), Mumbai
Education: Bombay Scottish School, Mahim
Current teams: MP Motorsport, Prema Racing
Following his success in Karting, Daruvala joined the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 for two seasons before securing a Toyota Racing Series spot. There he finished in second place in the championship to Lando Norris in 2016.
Due to his consistent performances throughout 2016, Daruvala won a seat in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship with Carlin the following year. He spent two years with Carlin producing eight podium finishes, including two race victories.
Later in 2019, Daruvala joined the FIA Formula 3 Championship for a season with Prema Racing, battling at the top. The young Indian driver secured seven podium finishes and two race victories, rising to the third spot in the championship by the end of the season. As such, he finally secured a promotion to F2.
Jehan Daruvala F2 career highlights
Daruvala is now currently in his fourth season in Formula Two. He has so far had 80 starts in that span and has 17 podium finishes, with four race victories. He secured those wins in Bahrain, the UAE and twice at Monza.
His second victory at Monza was his best till date, starting at P6 on the race grid, to avoiding multiple collisions and them claiming the chequered flag under 1.970 seconds. So far, the 2023 season has been up-and-down but the Indian driver has secured two P3 finishes during both the sprint and feature races in Jeddah on raceday two. His success in F2 has also led him to become the reserve driver for Formula E team Mahindra Racing in 2023.
Jehan Daruvala F1 prospect
Jehan Daruvala is already in his fourth season of F2 racing at the moment as mentioned above, and his chances of joining the F1 still exist. He has so far raced for two separate teams in the F2 and he continues to remain a man in demand. In short, his podium finishes this season will play a crucial role in determining his future of joining the F1.
So far, the 2023 season has had five races where Daruvala finished P17, P3, and P6 during in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Australia respectively. He suffered a crash in the fourth race in Azerbaijan. In the fifth race, he had to start lower down following the crash and finished at P14.
He currently sits at P6 in the drivers’ standings and he will be looking to push up that leaderboard over the season.
Moreover, his work with Mahindra Racing in the Formula E throughout 2023 will also add to his credentials. Usually, opportunities like these help drivers to further pave the way for F1 progression in the future.
Indian drivers in the F1
Up until now, the F1 has had only two Indian drivers so far. The two drivers are Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok, who both drove between 2005 and 2011 and have a combined 59 race starts in the sport.
Karthikeyan was the first Indian F1 race driver, driving for the Jordan Grand Prix team before joining Williams. While, Chandhok never obtained a single World Championship point, Karthikeyan picked up five during his F1 career. All of them came at the 2005 United States Grand Prix where he finished P4.
However, one major fact behind that finish was that 14 fellow drivers didn’t even start that race following a dispute with tyre manufacturer Michelin.
In recent years, Chandhok made a return to the spotlight in the sport and currently features on Sky Sports’ F1 coverage in the UK every race day. He offers valuable insight on the drivers and tracks to fans on the show.