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Macau debut for Jehan Daruvala at F3 World Cup

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Jehan Daruvala of the Sahara Force India Academy, completed his maiden F3 season with numerous positives to take home. The Indian teenager ticked all the important boxes with a race victory, pole position, in addition to 6th in the overall championship, plus 2nd in the rookie standings. All these feats are the first by an Indian, in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. The Indian Racing sensation will now make his Macau debut this weekend at the FIA F3 World Cup.

The FIA Formula 3 European Championship is considered the toughest stepping stone to Formula 1 currently. The races were extremely close with most racers having more than a year’s experience under their belts. The immensely close competition throughout the series often saw multiple drivers within tenths of a second. The Formula 3 route has been used effectively, by the likes numerous F1 greats including current & four time F1 World Champion, Lewis Hamilton besides Sebastian Vettel, Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna and many more.

Each event on the calendar featured practice, qualifying and three races. Jehan’s season kicked off at the historic Silverstone F1 Circuit where the young Indian finished all 3 races of his first weekend in the points and a very commendable sixth place as his best finish.

A brilliant pole position saw the then eighteen year old racer prove his speed at the famed high speed F1 Circuit of Monza. Jehan went on to finish 2nd in the race.

The Indian National Anthem rung out for the first time in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship when Jehan won the Rookie Category at Budapest, Hungary. He also earned his second overall podium of the championship at the Hungaroring circuit.

Jehan’s first championship victory came at the Norisring street circuit in Germany. The Indian proved he was amongst the best in the business as he tactfully held off the then championship leader & home favourite – Maximilian Gunther who had 3 years of F3 experience to his credit. It was a proud moment for India when 2001 Formula 1Vice Champion, David Coulthard, who also won in F3 on several occasions, presented the winner’s trophy to Jehan.

Jehan’s feat in his very first year of F3 drew a lot of accolades from around the world, including the Sahara Force India F1 team & also Narain Karthikeyan who touted Jehan as being India’s brightest prospect to make it to F1.

Jehan continued with consistent finishes throughout the remainder of the season & was the only racer in the entire field to finish all 30 races! An amazing 25 of these were in the points. He continued to earn Rookie victories & went on to finish sixth overall & second in the rookie standings. His performance is also the best by an Asian in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship since its inception. Besides Jehan’s Championship podiums, he also had a total of 26 podiums in the Rookie standings, 7 of these being victories.

Jehan will race this weekend on the iconic street circuit of Macau competing in the prestigious FIA F3 World Cup which sees F3 racers from all over the world compete for what is the crown jewel of Formula 3. It will be a tough affair for Jehan competing for the first time on the narrow, winding streets of Macau, which leave absolutely no room for error. Veterans and rookies fight for the ultimate prize at a venue considered by most drivers as one of the toughest in the world.

Jehan said “I’m happy with my first season in the FIA F3 European Championship. I’ve had the pace and also a pole, a win and 3 podiums. I was regularly in the top 5 and it was important for me that I was fighting at the top in this extremely competitive & close championship. I’m looking forward to the last race of the year at Macau. Most racers consider it as one of the toughest circuits and it will be my first visit there. It demands low downforce, has high top speed along with narrow, tricky street sections, but I am definitely looking forward to driving there.”