Jehan Daruvala dreams big after FIA Formula 3 European Championship glory
While getting into F1 is his ultimate ambition, Jehan Daruvala doesn’t want to rush himself and wants to be fully prepared for the gruelling schedule of Formula One.Updated: Jul 05, 2017, 21:25 IST
At 13, Jehan Daruvala moved to England to chart out a career in motorsports.
Five years later, the 18-year-old is reaping the benefits of the sacrifices he made at that young age.
Last weekend, Jehan took a major step towards achieving his dream as he became the first Indian to win a race in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship in Nuremberg, Germany.
The victory has given Jehan a self-belief that he is ready for the cut-throat competition of the world of motorsports.
“Winning a race in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship is a big achievement as it’s probably one of the hardest series in the world. The victory gives me a lot of confidence and makes be believe more in myself. Hopefully I can be more consistent from here on,” Jehan told HT on Wednesday.
Jehan was back in Mumbai for a short time before he leaves for England to prepare for the next round to be held at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium in the last week of July.
He added: “It’s quite a close series as lot of the drivers are on the top of their game all the time and you always have to be consistent and that’s the only way to have a chance.”
Current Formula One drivers like Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, Williams’ Lance Stroll and Force India’s Esteban Ocon also honed their skills in European Formula 3 before moving to the bigger league.
Initially, it wasn’t easy for Jehan but he survived the tough times and feels that leaving away from home has taught him important lessons in life.
“When I first went (to England) I was pretty homesick. But leaving alone and doing your own stuff in boarding school makes you more independent and which is good in sports. It helps you develop as a person. So, that was a good thing to happen,” said the Sahara Force India Academy driver, who drives from Carlin Motorsports.
It’s his first year in the European Formula 3 but Jehan has got into the groove straightaway and is currently fifth in the overall standings and second in the Rookies’ Cup after five rounds and another five still to go.
Jehan had created history few months back when he secured pole position in the second round in Monza, Italy, and finished second in that race. His second podium came during the Hungary race last month.
While getting into Formula One is his ultimate ambition, Jehan doesn’t want to rush himself and wants to be fully prepared for the gruelling schedule of Formula One if opportunities come his way.
“You want to develop your skills before you reach there (Formula One) and not develop your skill when you get there. It’s quite important to be in F1 when you are ready and good enough to be there. This sport in expensive but hopefully when I get there (Formula One), I will be getting paid,” said Jehan.
Ever since he started karting in Europe, Jehan has impressed everyone and he hopes to keep doing so as he makes his way to the top.