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Red Bull youngster set to test for McLaren at Silverstone

McLaren will hand their MCL35M (2021) car to Red Bull youngster Jehan Daruvala after an impressive start to his third Formula 2 campaign.

Red Bull youngster Jehan Daruvala will get his first taste of Formula 1 power this week after McLaren confirmed that he will test for them ahead of the British Grand Prix. The 23-year-old has enjoyed a strong start to his third Formula 2 campaign, having scored five podiums in his first 12 races with Prema. Those results appear not to have gone unnoticed, with McLaren having turned to the Indian driver to pilot their 2021 car for two days at Silverstone (21/22 June) as part of the team's Testing Previous Cars (TPC) programme.

https://twitter.com/McLarenF1/status/1538795017677987840

As part of our Testing Previous Car (TPC) programme,  @DaruvalaJehan will test the MCL35M at Silverstone on 21 June and 22 June. Enjoy your first drive in an F1 car, Jehan! 👊🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/rimIYCtE7q — McLaren (@McLarenF1) June 20, 2022

Could Daruvala be a future McLaren driver?

McLaren's TPC programme, first announced back in March, provides an opportunity for the team to test potential drivers and evaluate young talent for the future. IndyCar hotshot Colton Herta will follow Daruvala in testing the MCL35M at a later date, yet to be confirmed by McLaren. It is also possible that Alpine talent Oscar Piastri could take part in the programme. Daruvala, meanwhile, is facing stiff competition at Red Bull, where he is fighting fellow F2 stars Dennis Hauger, Juri Vips, Liam Lawson and Ayumu Iwasa for future F1 seats.

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