McLaren test for Red Bull junior driver in Portimao

After Patricio O’Ward and Colton Herta, a Formula 2 driver can now take the wheel of the McLaren MCL35M from the Formula 1 season. Jehan Daruwala is testing for the Woking-based F1 staff at Portimao this week.

Unlike Herta, who took a seat on the wheel of final yr’s McLaren automotive final week, this is not Daruwala’s first outing by automotive. Daruwala examined the automotive at Silverstone in June.

McLaren confirms Daruvala’s test

The racing staff confirmed through social media on Monday that Daruvala has been cleared to test once more with McLaren this week. The staff of area drivers Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo tweeted: “Indian driver Jehan Daruwala will drive the 2021 MCL35M in a two-day test at Portimao this week as a part of the TPC programme.”

Media reviews primarily from India preceded the announcement of the test after Daruwala hinted in this route on Twitter. The younger Red Bull driver will already take the steering wheel and do his laps on the Portuguese circuit this Monday. A second day of testing is then scheduled for Tuesday, July 19.

With its TPC program this season, McLaren is trying for a driver who can full the obligatory two FP1 periods in place of standard drivers, because the staff lacks an appropriate junior driver. The solely nominated driver in the papaya-orange junior staff is Ugo Ugochukwu, who will make his debut season in British Formula 4 in 2022.

Over the previous few weeks and months, the normal staff has centered its testing program totally on the IndyCar collection. In December, McLaren IndyCar driver Patricio O’Ward took the wheel in the premier class post-season test, final week Colton Herta accomplished his first test and some days in the past the dedication of IndyCar champion Alex Palo was introduced, who will even full the Formula 1 checks.

As far as common cockpits are involved, McLaren is definitely absolutely booked for 2023, as Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris each have contracts for subsequent season. But Australia’s chair continues to be shaking attributable to lack of efficiency. According to rumors, Zack Brown and Andreas Seidel’s staff test program may purpose for extra than simply remoted coaching periods.

Daruvala is presently in his third season in Formula 2 and is fourth in the championship, a mix that does not essentially make him a very good utility for Formula 1 – particularly not for a staff as bold as McLaren. Additionally, he’s nonetheless in the Red Bull youth program, which can make it troublesome to hitch a rival staff.

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