The 23-year-old, who is aiming to become the third Indian rider to race in Formula 1, drove his 2021 race-winning rival from Woking – the MCL35M – on Tuesday and Wednesday at Silverstone.
The test was Jihan’s first taste of Formula One machines and he achieved more than 130 combined laps over the two days, more than double the distance that F1 drivers will travel during next weekend’s British Grand Prix.
Track time helped him earn enough points to apply for a Super license, which is essential to compete in Formula 1.
Jihan, who had a hassle-free experience on both days, is currently racing for Italy’s PRIMA team in the Formula 2 Championship, the nutrient series that sits one step off Formula 1, and third in the overall standings.
Cihan was quoted as saying, “I really enjoyed my first time driving a Formula One car. I immediately felt at home, and while it was more physically demanding than anything I had driven in the past, I had no problems with my fitness.” He said in a media statement on Friday.
According to Jihan, the experience gave him a good understanding of how the teams operate in the F1 weekend.
“As a result, we were able to work through our running plan well and complete everything we put on the map. We did a mix of long high-fuel runs as well as shorter low-fuel runs on different tire vehicles. This gave me a good understanding of how the teams would operate on vacation. Formula 1 weekend.
“Overall, I am very happy with the way the two days went, and how it handled the miles we were able to complete. I felt like I was able to get close to the limit with every lap and can’t wait to drive one of these cars again.”
Jihan, who remains part of the Red Bull Junior team, is a three-time Formula 2 winner and has scored 12 podiums in the category, including five places in the top three from six rounds this season alone.
He is aiming to become the first Indian to win the Formula 2 title this season.
So far, India has only had two drivers in F1 – Naren Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok.