Daruvala is well acquainted with Formula E, and after making two Rookie Test appearances in 2023, will step up to a race seat for Season 10.
A breakthrough 2019 season, which saw him emerge as a key title protagonist in FIA Formula 3, facilitated Jehan’s progression to Formula 1 feeder category, FIA Formula 2, in 2020 - where he scored four wins and 18 podiums.
The former Mahindra Racing Reserve Driver made an official outing in the team's M9Electro at the Berlin Rookie Test - with the 24-year-old Indian driver finding himself inside the top six runners at that day-long two-session test.
“Formula E is a championship that I have admired for a long time, and after taking part in two test sessions, I’m very happy to have the opportunity to step up to a full-time race seat," said the 24-year-old. "From my experiences so far, the GEN3 car is completely unique to drive, but I’ve found it to be a very rewarding experience.
"I would like to thank James (Rossiter, Team Principal) and Maserati MSG Racing for giving me this chance and I can’t wait to learn more about the car and get to know the team better in pre-season testing, before hitting the ground running in Mexico City in January.”
Race winner Guenther extends deal
The 26-year-old is a fixture on the Formula E grid, and despite his relatively young age, he's among the most experienced as a result.
Guenther became Formula E's youngest race winner in just his 13th E-Prix, and two Julius Baer Pole Positions, four podiums and Maserati's first victory in World Championship single-seater motorsport since Juan Manuel Fangio won for the Italian marque in Germany, 1957, means a well-earned return to the team for Season 10.
That Jakarta win followed Berlin podiums and early season pressure yielded what looked like a nailed-on seat for the German in 2023/24.
“I’m very proud to continue with Maserati MSG Racing," he says. "We had a great first season together, particular the momentum we build in the second half of the year with one win, four podiums and two poles. Continuing to build on this base is something that I‘m very much looking forward to in 2024, same as working with Jehan as my new teammate.
"After seeing our performance trajectory unfold this year, I‘m confident we can go on to achieve bigger and better things in the future.”
Rossiter: 'Blend of experience and determination will prove competitive'
“We’re excited about our driver lineup for Season 10, and we’re confident that the blend of Max’s experience with Jehan’s determination will prove to be a competitive combination," says Team Principal James Rossiter.
"Max impressed us throughout the 2022/23 season, and continuing our relationship was a natural decision. He has brilliant speed, a strong understanding of Formula E’s Gen3 package, and with five seasons of experience – despite being aged only 26 – has an impressive amount of knowledge.
"That experience will be invaluable for Jehan, who has already shown good promise in his two rookie test outings with Mahindra earlier this year. Over the past four years, he has shown hunger and determination in Formula 2, and has clearly demonstrated that he has what it takes to win races.
"Now, Jehan is ready to do the work it takes to succeed in Formula E. In Season 9, we faced many highs and lows, but we learned a great deal from every scenario we faced. After making some positive performance gains over the Summer, we’re looking forward to getting Season 10 underway, and with our lineup, we’re confident that we can be in a position to fight at the front of the grid.”
“We’re delighted to welcome Jehan to the Maserati family," adds Giovanni Tommaso Sgro, Head of Maserati Corse. "Together with Max, they will form a talented young pairing, and we are excited ahead of the new season. Every year, Formula E fields experienced drivers alongside some of motorsport’s most promising young talents, confirming itself as the series of the future.
"We’re confident that Jehan's arrival will give an extra boost to the whole team. He will also be making a major contribution thanks to his previous experience as a test driver. For us, Maserati Corse means going beyond competition, a concept perfectly encapsulated in our spirit to 'race beyond'; by confirming our adventure in Formula E with a deserving driver like Max and a promising rookie like Jehan, we approach the new season with the determination and passion needed to once again make a difference on the track and hopefully in motorsport history."