7: In Conversation: Red Bull's Latest Recruit, Jehan Daruvala – Kunal's F1 Blog

7: In Conversation: Red Bull's Latest Recruit, Jehan Daruvala

7: In Conversation: Red Bull's Latest Recruit, Jehan Daruvala


Jehan Daruvala is the latest recruit of the Red Bull Junior Team – the Formula 1’s team driver development program helmed by the much-feared Dr. Helmut Marko. In this episode of Inside Line F1 Podcast ( , the Formula 2 racer shares how his partnership with Red Bull came about, if he received the infamous early morning call from Dr. Marko, Red Bull’s targets and expectations of him in 2020, why he chose Carlin, who his key rivals are in the upcoming season and more.
A note for our non-Indian / non-F2 listeners – we strive to bring to you different aspects of Motorsport that we work with. Our conversation with Jehan will give you insights into how Red Bull assesses junior drivers progressing through the Motorsport ladder, how Formula 2 team decisions are made, how a driver needs to adapt when graduating from Formula 3 to Formula 2 and so on.
For those interested only in Formula 1, worry not. We discuss Fernando Alonso’s second reunion with Mclaren. Will it win him the much-elusive Triple Crown of Motorsport? Is it embarrassing that no team is showing interest in hiring him whatsoever? Finally, we pray that despite the corona-virus scare Formula 1 actually treats us to a 22 race calendar in 2020. Tune in!
(Season 2020, Episode 07)
Here’s what’s in store for you in this episode:
0:00-3:00 – End of pre-season testing means start of season 2 of the Drive to Survive show on Netflix. After China, could races in Bahrain and Vietnam be impacted by the coronavirus outbreak, too?
3:00-6:00 – Fernando Alonso’s second reunion with Mclaren. This time it’s for the Indy 500 race in May (2020). Is he Formula 1’s unluckiest double World Champion?
6:00-9:00 – What Helmut Marko had to say about Jehan Daruvala’s joining of the Red Bull Junior Team. Yes, we have an official quote from the man himself 
9:00-end – Jehan Daruvala speaks Formula 2, joining the illustrious Red Bull Junior Team, whether he got an early morning call from Helmut Marko, why he chose Carlin over the other teams, how Red Bull will gauge his performances in Formula 2 and of course, his key rivals in 2020
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Image courtesy: Jehan Daruvala (Twitter)


Kunal Shah is an FIA-accredited Formula 1 journalist who has been reporting on Formula 1 for nearly two decades. He worked with the Force India Formula 1 Team for 6 seasons in Marketing, Sponsorship and Commercial roles. As a former single-seater racer, he was responsible for Force India's grassroots talent program, One from a Billion Hunt. Presently, he co-writes a regular Formula 1 column for Firstpost, speaks on Inside Line F1 Podcast & Pits to Podium and produces broadcast/OTT content for NENT Group (Viasport & Viaplay).

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