Jahan Darwala, who was announced as the Red Bull Junior team driver in February 2020, took a step closer to fulfilling his F1 kwalificatie. The Red Bull Junior team has produced products like four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel, Max Verstappen, Daniel Ricardo, and many more. Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Alfatori for the 2020 F1 season are all Red Bull Junior team graduates.
Also, India has only supported the team of two F-1 drivers - Narayan Karthikeyan and Karen Chandhok. Jahan hopes to follow in his footsteps to become the third Indian in Formula One.
For the 2020 season, he will be racing in F2 with the Carlin team. We caught up with him before the season to talk about his career, and hopefully, the F1 set can get in his way.
Focus on a Solid Foundation in Karting
For anyone wishing to become an F-1 driver, according to Jahan Darwala, five to seven years of competitive karting is required. "You need karting to teach the required racecraft in your single-seater," says Jahan. "Just because you're the best at karting, you don't have to be the best in a single setter," he said. However, if you want to be good at one setter, you need an outstanding karting career.
Make an early move to the European circuit.
While Jahan thinks Indian karting is very good, he says competing in European circuits is a good indication of F1's potential. "In India, you get about 10 to 15 competitors. In Asia, the rate can be as high as 30, while in Europe, you often see a grid of more than 60 drivers, "says Jahan. It has an F1 seat capability.
Find a good mentor:
It's important to have a mentor because they can help you avoid problems that you may inadvertently encounter due to a lack of knowledge and experience in motorsports," says Jehan. "I was fortunate to have Raymond Banaji with me in my early years in India and Asia."
Try to Get Into the Right Team:
When you go from karting to single-seater, it is essential to join the right teams. A single-seater structure is such that junior teams work closely with the best performing drivers to help them stay ahead of the competition. It's a self-fulfilling prophecy, as Jian told him.
If you want to make a place in a top team, you need to be mentally prepared to be the best driver as a teammate. "It's a great situation when you can learn to drive a lot in a team like theirs, and if you're in a hurry with your teammates, you'll feel better [through the F1 teams]," says Jane. "It simply came to our notice then.
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In addition to increasing, going to European competitions can help you easily fund your racing career because Europe has a long motorsport history. And the F3 and F2 races are broadcast live in most European countries.