With just over three weeks to go until pre-season testing gets underway in Sakhir, the Formula 2 grid is complete! MP Motorsport have announced that Jehan Daruvala will be joining the reigning Drivers’ and Teams’ Champions for the 2023 season.

The 24-year-old has claimed victory in every F2 season he’s competed in since his debut in 2020, with four wins and 15 podiums to his name. After two seasons at Carlin, Daruvala moved to PREMA Racing last season and went on to finish seventh in the Standings for the second consecutive season.

“I’m really pleased to be back in FIA Formula 2, and to be able to team up with MP Motorsport makes it extra special”, said Daruvala. “Last year, I was stunned by MP’s remarkably consistent front-running pace, and in 2023 I hope to be the beneficiary of that myself!

“Together with Dennis, I’m confident that our combined experience and speed will contribute to MP fighting for wins once again. I really enjoyed working with the team in the post-season test and look forward to 2023 testing and the season that lies ahead.”

Daruvala clocked in 239 laps across the three days of post-season testing Image Credit F2 2022
Daruvala clocked in 239 laps across the three days of post-season testing (Image Credit: F2, 2022)

Swapping from PREMA to MP, the Indian driver will be reuniting with 2022 teammate Dennis Hauger for his fourth campaign. The pair both completed post-season testing with the Dutch squad last November, with Daruvala clocking in the second-fastest time of Day 2’s morning session at the Yas Marina Circuit.

MP Motorsport Team Principal Sander Dorsman added that Daruvala’s experience will be beneficial to the team as they begin their quest to retain their titles.

“At MP, we are delighted to welcome Jehan to our FIA F2 team. He has been a consistent frontrunner right from his debut in the category, taking wins in every F2 season he has competed in. His experience will be of great value to the team, so we are very much aiming for a repeat of last year’s form. Also, matching him up with Dennis will allow us to build on a smooth cooperation between teammates who already know each other well. With such a strong driver pairing for 2023, I can’t wait to go racing!”