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Daruvala stays at Carlin in F2, retains Red Bull backing

Jehan Daruvala has retained his place in the Red Bull junior team and will remain with Carlin for a second season in Formula 2 in 2021. 

Jehan Daruvala, Carlin

Daruvala, who is currently recovering from COVID-19, joined the Red Bull young driver programme last year and was paired alongside fellow academy member Yuki Tsunoda at Carlin.

While the Indian driver struggled comparatively to his teammate in the early part of the year, a mid-season engine change transformed his fortunes and he capped off the campaign with a victory in the Bahrain sprint race.

Prior to the start of the new F2 season, Daruvala will head to the UAE to compete in the F3 Asian Series, where he will drive for the Prema-run Mumbai Falcons team alongside fellow Indian driver Kush Maini.

Daruvala previously drove for Prema in the FIA Formula 3 series in 2019, scoring two wins and five further podium finishes to end up third in the championship.

“I am very thankful to Red Bull for their continued faith in me," said Daruvala. "I’m extremely excited to be staying in F2 and with Carlin for 2021 as a Red Bull Junior. We made a lot of progress last year. It was great to end the season on such a high with my first F2 win and then back that up with front running pace in post-season testing.

“I’m extremely proud to be carrying Red Bull colours again this season and thank Dr Marko and my sponsors for their continued support and belief in me which I will be looking to repay from the very first race.”

Trevor Carlin added: “We’re extremely pleased that we have the opportunity to carry on the great progress we have been making with Jehan and have another attack on the FIA F2 Championship. 

"Jehan did a great job last season as an F2 rookie, to really show his true potential by the second half of the season. To finish the year off with a third place and then a win really confirms what we knew from the start. 

"I expect Jehan to continue where he left off – challenging for wins from the outset in the new season.”

Carlin has yet to reveal the identity of Daruvala’s teammate but tested ex-Red Bull junior Dan Ticktum in Bahrain last month, with the Briton expected to secure the race seat.

Carlin finished third in the F2 standings last year behind champions Prema and UNI-Virtuosi, with its top driver Tsunoda - who himself finished third in the drivers’ championship - landing a seat at the AlphaTauri Formula 1 team for 2021.

Edgar gets Carlin F3 seat

Carlin has also named newly-crowned ADAC F4 champion Jonny Edgar as its first driver for the 2021 FIA Formula 3 season.

Edgar's F4 title rival Jak Crawford is also moving up to F3 this year, joining the rival Hitech GP outfit alongside fellow Red Bull junior Ayumu Iwasa and a yet-to-be announced third driver.

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