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    Red Bull have added last year’s Formula 3 front runner Jehan Daruvala to their junior team line-up, while also announcing that the former Force India protege will step up to Formula 2 with Carlin.

    The Indian driver finished third in F3 last season behind PREMA team mates Robert Shwartzman and Marcus Armstrong, who have also both made the jump up to the top tier of junior motorsport, with PREMA and ART Grand Prix.

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    The 21-year-old took two wins and five further podiums in the 2019 campaign, emerging as a title contender with teams’ champions PREMA. He first came to prominence in 2011, when he won Force India’s 'One in a Billion’ driver hunt, which earned him a place on their driver programme. Daruvala and the team parted ways upon their re-branding to Racing Point.

    “I’m very happy to be back for my third season with Carlin,” he said. “It’s great to be working with some of the same people again on the engineering side as I make the step up to F2.

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    “I’m very proud to be going into the season as a Red Bull Junior which will of course be added pressure but I believe I have the platform to deliver, so it’s going to be up to me. I can’t wait to get going.”

    Daruvala will partner fellow Red Bull academy driver Yuki Tsunoda at the British based team, who finished fourth overall in the 2019 Teams’ Championship.

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