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The 19-year-old finished sixth in the championship. Daruvala joins Devlin DeFrancesco….

Force India Formula 1 team protege Jehan Daruvala will remain in the Formula 3 European Championship for a second season with Carlin.

The 19-year-old from Mumbai finished sixth in the championship in his rookie F3 season, scoring one race victory at the Norisring.

Daruvala was always expected to remain in F3, despite participating in the post-season GP3 Series tests at Yas Marina.

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He has also been testing in F3 with Carlin, which sources suggest could run as many as six Volkswagen-powered Dallaras in the championship next season.

"It's been a fantastic year racing with Carlin," said Daruvala.

"I'm happy to be working with them once again and look forward to a successful year."

Team boss Trevor Carlin said: "It's great news that Jehan remains with us in FIA F3 next season – he's been a fantastic addition to the team this year and his results as a rookie have been impressive.

"He's already a race winner in the series and no doubt has the ability to add more wins and pole positions to his achievements over the course of 2018."

 

Daruvala joins Devlin DeFrancesco among those already announced as part of the Carlin F3 line-up for 2017.

Other drivers strongly linked with the squad for next year include Daruvala's 2017 team-mate Ferdinand Habsburg, Formula Renault Eurocup champion Sacha Fenestraz, and Euroformula Open frontrunners Nikita Troitskiy and Ameya Vaidyanathan.



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