Atrocious weather kept Jaafar and his new Carlin Dallara F312 British F3 car in the garage for the majority of the day, along with the majority of the drivers at the test. Rain poured for much of the day, only letting up towards the end of the day, when Jaafar took to the track. With conditions remaining unsettled the young Malaysian driver opted to complete a handful of laps, preferring to save his running for the next test session.
Jaafar explains, “The rain was really bad this morning, making visibility really poor and drenching the track, so it would have been foolish to be out there in a race car. It wasn’t far off being a Malaysian monsoon, just not quite as warm!
“I did venture out on to the track late in the afternoon, but I didn’t feel that we would be able to achieve much and there was little time left of the session to make set up changes and develop a damp set up for the car, so my engineer and I decided not to push for a time and cut short our running.
“It was disappointing not to have been able to build on the great start we had to the test yesterday, but there’s nothing we can do about the weather. We just have to be patient and wait until the test next week to get back out and continue our preparations for this season. “
Jaafar says of his first 2012 British F3 test, “I’m very excited about the season ahead. We’ve started as we mean to go on, which is being quickest. I don’t think it is going to be easy to stay at the top of the timesheets, as there will be more cars out for the next test, but I’m going to be doing everything I can to stay at the front. I’m really enjoying driving this new car; it handles really well, has a good balance and I’m able to take the speed into the corners which is key to getting good lap times, so I’m really happy with our performance this week.”
Pre-season testing for the 2012 British F3 International Series continues next week, with Rockingham Speedway hosting two days of running for Jaafar and his rivals.