Force India protégé Jehan Daruvala will stay at Carlin for the 2018 European Formula 3 championship after impressing during his rookie campaign for the British squad.

The Indian teenager, who was one of three winners of the ‘One in a Billion’ competition run by Force India in India six years ago, ended 2017 runner-up to Lando Norris in the rookies’ standings and sixth in the overall championship. Daruvala’s highlights included a maiden win coming at the Norising, plus a pole position at Monza followed by two additional rostrums at Monza and the Hungaroring.

The 19-year-old capped an impressive year with 10th place in his maiden outing at the Macau Grand Prix and having already begun 2018 testing with the British squad he has re-signed for a second season in Euro F3 with the focus on challenging for the title in 2018 to emulate team-mate Norris.

“It has been a fantastic year racing with Carlin,” Daruvala said. “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.”

“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,” Racing director Trevor Carlin said. “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.”

Daruvala was a runner-up Force India’s talent hunt back in 2011, alongside Tarun Reddy with Ajun Maini taking the victory in the competition, and remains a firm fixture in the F1 team’s junior roster. Maini currently competes in the GP3 Series, finishing ninth in the 2017 drivers’ championship, while Reddy finished 14th in this year’s Euroformula Open championship.



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