Mahindra Racing announced on Wednesday the signing of Jehan Daruvala as the team’s reserve driver for Season 9 of ABB FIA Formula E. Globalism championship.
The 24-year-old racer is India’s first and only Formula 2 race winner and has recently completed three Formula 1 test runs with McLaren.
In his role at Mahindra Racing, Jehan will spend time at the team’s Banbury HQ, working on the simulator alongside the engineers, and providing car development and racing support to drivers Lucas Di Grassi and Oliver Rowland. There are plans for him to attend a few races, including the team’s inaugural home ePrix in Hyderabad, India It is scheduled to take place in February 2023.
A four-time Formula 2 race winner and multiple podium finisher, Jehan has enjoyed an impressive single-seater career. He quickly moved up the junior formula ladder to move up to the FIA Formula 3 Championship in 2019, taking two wins and finishing third in the championship in his rookie year. He was then promoted to FIA Formula 2, where he has made an impact on track over the past three seasons. In 2021, he finished third in the Formula 3 Asian Championship, racing for Indian outfit Mumbai Falcons. He took three race wins and five more podiums, as well as three pole positions and two fastest laps.
Speaking about the signing, Asha Al Kharga, President, Mahindra Racing said, “We are delighted to welcome Jehan to our team. As a founding member, Mahindra Racing has worked hard to promote Formula E globally and we are delighted to bring a young and accomplished Indian racing driver to this great sport.” Jehan will add “His experience and results across single-seaters bring a great wealth of knowledge to our development programme. With the first Formula E race underway in India, this is a particularly exciting year for us, and we are excited to give Indian fans a truly global experience.”
Speaking about joining the Mahindra Racing team, Jehan Daruvala said, “Being a part of the Indian motor racing team is a dream come true. Formula E is very competitive and I am really excited about this new chapter of my career. Season 9 promises to be very exciting with the generation car “The all-new 3 and I look forward to learning and contributing, especially to the development of the car and supporting the team. Mahindra Racing’s pioneering efforts in promoting sustainability globally are commendable and I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute.”
Mahindra Racing is ushering in the dawn of a new era in the FIA Formula E World Championship. Season 9 will see the debut of the all-new third generation car, as well as three exciting new race locations. Following the renewal of Roland’s contract and the signing of Formula E world champion Lucas di Grassi, the team is looking to get back to the front.
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