The 24-year-old is the first and only Indian Formula 2 race winner and has recently completed three Formula 1 tests with McLaren. A four-time Formula 2 race winner and multiple-time podium sitter, Daruvala has built on a swift rise up the junior formula ladder after stepping up to the Formula 3 in 2019, where he achieved two wins and finished third in the championship in his rookie year
Daruvala was then promoted to Formula 2 and in 2021, he came third in the F3 Asian Championship, racing for Indian outfit Mumbai Falcons, where he took three race wins and a further five podiums, as well as three pole positions and fastest laps.
Daruvala will spend his time at the team’s Banbury HQ, 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 E-Prix in Hyderabad, India on 11 February.
“To be a part of an Indian motorsport team is a dream come true," said Daruvala. "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. Mahindra Racing’s pioneering efforts in promoting sustainability globally are commendable and I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute.”
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. With Formula E’s debut race in India, this is an especially exciting year for us, and we are excited to give the Indian fans a truly global experience.”