Daruvala reunites with Carlin in F2 and joins Red Bull Academy

by Joe Ellis

Indian ace Jehan Daruvala will make the step up to FIA Formula 2 for the 2020 season as he was announced as Yuki Tsonoda’s teammate at Carlin.

As well as this, the 21-year-old has been snapped up by the Red Bull Junior Team after he lost his place as a Force India junior when the team went out of business.

Daruvala and Tsunoda are both Red Bull juniors and will both be embarking on their first F2 season which will be a real challenge with neither driver having experience to lean on from the get go.

The former Toyota Racing Series runner up (that was in 2016 when a certain Lando Norris stormed to the title) enjoyed a stellar 2019 where he pushed eventual champion Robert Shwartzman all the way before falling to third in the FIA Formula 3 standings.

Familiar surroundings, but new threads for the rapid Indian. Credit: FIA Formula 2/Carlin

Speaking after the announcement, he said: “I’m very happy to be back for my third season with Carlin, it’s great to be working with some of the same people again on the engineering side as I make the step up to F2. 

“It’s a new challenge for me, but I think for everyone, including the teams there will be things to learn this year.

“I’m very proud to be going into the season as a Red Bill Junior which will of course be added pressure but I believe I have the platform to deliver, so it’s going to be up to me.  I can’t wait to get going.” 

Trevor Carlin was also delighted at the news, he said: “We’re delighted to welcome Jehan back to the team for his third season with us. 

“His performances last year in FIA F3 were extremely impressive and we really believe in him.  There’s no reason why he can’t make it all the way to the top. 

“Without a doubt there will be a lot to learn – both for Jehan as a driver in a more powerful car and also for the team with the new 18-inch wheels but we have a great team ready to meet those challenges.”

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