Jehan Daruvala, 22
Racer, FIA Formula 2
In 2019, Daruvala came third in the Formula 3 series championship – a feat that bagged him a seat in the Red Bull Junior Racing Team, and, subsequently, a seat in F2. Last year, in his first F2 season, Daruvala secured a win in the Formula 2 Sprint Race in Bahrain, becoming the first Indian ever to do so.
Since the learning curve at F2 has, in his own words, been a steep one, Daruvala’s immediate focus will be to secure more F2 wins, before setting his sights on F1. “I’m glad I’ve sorted out the start procedure and adapted my driving style to work with varying F2 tyre compounds, which hampered the first half of my season. The grid is going to be very competitive, but I’m hoping to perform better this year.” If all goes according to plan, Daruvala is on the fast track to being India’s third, and possibly most successful F1 racer. — Parth Charan