Jehan Daruvala on Formula 1 dream: If not 2023, it will be very difficult

The Red Bull junior driver finished 12th in standings in his rookie season and is currently seventh after impressive outings in Monza and Sochi, where he qualified on the front row.

Indian racer Jehan Daruvala feels 2022 could be the make or break year for his childhood dream of becoming a Formula 1 driver.   -  Getty Images

Indian racer Jehan Daruvala feels 2022 could be the make or break year for his childhood dream of becoming a Formula 1 driver.

The 23-year-old from Mumbai is two rounds away from completing his second season in Formula 2, a stepping stone to Formula 1.

Jehan said he might have to look beyond Formula 1 if he doesn’t reach that pinnacle in 2023.

“It’s a hard situation to be in, but you know realistically, if it’s not 2023, it’s very difficult after that.

“I’ve had two good weekends (in F2), so that will help me (in contention) in terms of being on the market for a good seat and sort of keeping my F2 seat for next year. I hope to get more clarity over that soon,” said Jehan in an interaction.

He will be racing this weekend in Saudi Arabia after a two-month break. Rookie Oscar Piastri is leading the championship.

Jehan Daruvala wins F2 sprint race in Monza  

Jehan Daruvala: Chasing an F1 dream  

Asked if a third season in Formula 2 can negatively impact his chances of reaching Formula 1, Jehan said: “I think honestly in Formula 2, there have been a few sensational rookies like Oscar, Charles, Lando (Norris), George but once you are in your second year or third year, you know the difference is a lot less than it is from your first year to a second year.

“You already have had a year of experience, so it doesn’t make too much difference if you’re in your second or third year. If I do end up doing Formula 2 next season, it is again going to be a very hard competitive season,” said Jehan, who has secured four podiums so far in the season, including a win at Monza.

His teammate at Carlin Racing, Dan Ticktum, will be competing in Formula E next season.

Jehan has not yet explored racing in other series.

“I have not really considered anything else apart from F2 for next year so that my focus remains on Formula 1, but if not, you know, just have a career in motorsport and earning a living there will be a priority,” he said.

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