Jehan joins the team as its reserve driver for the upcoming Season 9 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.
Mahindra Racing has confirmed the signing of Indian racer Jehan Daruvala as the team’s reserve driver for the 2023 season of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. In his role, Jehan will spend time at Mahindra Racing's Banbury headquarters, working on the simulator alongside engineers, providing car development and race support for drivers Lucas Di Grassi and Oliver Rowland. There are plans for him to attend some races, including the team’s inaugural home ePrix in Hyderabad, India scheduled for February 2023.
Sharing her thoughts on Jehan's signing, Asha Kharga (Chairperson – Mahindra Racing) said, 'We are delighted to welcome Jehan to our team. As a founding member, Mahindra Racing has diligently worked towards promoting Formula E globally and we are pleased to bring a young, accomplished Indian race driver to this fantastic sport. Jehan, with his experience and results across single-seaters, will add a great wealth of knowledge to our development program.'
Adding to this, Jehan Daruvala said, 'To be a part of an Indian motorsport 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 all-new Gen 3 car and I am looking forward to learning and contributing, especially to car development and supporting the team.'
For those not aware, 24-year-old Jehan Daruvala is a four-time Formula 2 race winner (the first and only Indian racer to win in Formula 2) and a multiple-time podium sitter. With an impressive single-seater racing career under his belt, he made a swift rise up the junior formula ladder to step up to the FIA Formula 3 Championship in 2019, where he achieved two wins and finished third in the championship in his rookie year. Most recently, he completed three F1 tests with McLaren Racing.
Season 9 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship will see the debut of the all-new Gen 3 race car, as well as three exciting new race locations.