Jehan Daruvala stays with Carlin for second European F3 season in 2018
Carlin has announced Jehan Daruvala for his second FIA European Formula 3 season in 2018, with the Indian deciding to stay back in the championship than moving out to the GP3 Series - where he tested in the off-season.
The Force India protege graduated to F3 last year after spending two years in the Formula Renault 2.0 series and immediately was upto speed in the higher formulae, finishing sixth overall taking a win and two podiums along with a pole position.
He was second in the rookie championship taking seven wins in all. "It has been a fantastic year racing with Carlin. Everyone in the team is very committed to achieving the best possible results. I am happy to be working with them once again and look forward to a successful year," the Mumbaikar said.
Carlin's boss Trevor added: "It’s great news that Jehan remains for us in FIA Formula Three next season – he’s been a fantastic addition to the team this year and his results as a rookie have been impressive. He’s already a race winner in the series and no doubt has the ability to add more wins and pole positions to his achievements over the course of 2018."
Post his maiden F3 season, the Indian tested with Arden International and the MP Motorsport outfit in the GP3 series, where he clocked impressive lap times across the three days. However, with the decision between F3 and GP3, Daruvala chose the familiar ground for another year.
The Indian joins the already announced Devlin Defrancesco and becomes the seventh driver to be confirmed for the new season. The 19-year-old will be one of the favourites for the title next year as most of the drivers around him in 2017, has or will move out of the championship.
Unlike 2016 and 2017, Daruvala is not slated to take part in the winter Toyota Racing Series programme, however, he will be undertaking a private test in Valencia for three days from Tuesday to end what has been a busy year, which included a maiden Macau GP outing.