10 Sep 2013

Hungry for success in Hungary

Jazeman Jaafar will be back behind the wheel of a race car this weekend as he resumes his debut season of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, driving with the Carlin team. The seventh round of the championship takes place at Hungaroring circuit in Budapest, headlining the World Series by Renault weekend at this Hungarian venue.



Jazeman, a PETRONAS Talent Programme driver, last raced at the circuit five years ago much earlier in his racing career, having made two visits when he was driving in the Formula BMW championship. Although familiar with the track layout, Jazeman has been putting in hours of preparation for the upcoming race weekend.

He says, “It’s been a while since I was last at Hungaroring and I’m sure the venue will have changed – hopefully there won’t be as many bumps as I remember!  It’s a technically challenging track with a good combination of high speed straights and hard braking corners, which should suit the Formula Renault 3.5 car. The track doesn’t get much use as a racing event venue, so it is often very dusty and takes quite a while to get cleaned up. The World Series schedule is pretty hectic though, so hopefully by the time I get on the track there will be the level of grip we need.”

20-year-old Jazeman has been enjoying his first season in the World Series by Renault, scoring an overall third place at Monaco and is a regular on the rookie podium, with at least one visit to the steps at every round of the championship so far. He says of his aims for Hungaroring, “I’m more than ready to get back in the car, as it’s been nearly two months since the last round of the series and I’ve only been in it for a quick shakedown since then. However, I did have a winning outing in the British F3 Series, so I’m very pumped up to capitalise on that success and have some strong points finishes and more rookie podiums at least in Hungary. Carlin had some good results there last year with a good car set up, so I hope that this will also help me in the early part of the weekend as I look to finetune our preparatory work on the simulator.”

The young Malaysian driver adds, “I’ve just got back from a weekend in Monza with the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS F1 team and with the unique access I’m allowed as part of my PETRONAS Talent Programme, I always learn from these visits and it’s just made me even more eager to be back out racing again.”

The World Series by Renault event in Hungary starts on Friday with two practice sessions and continues on Saturday morning with qualifying for the first of the two races. A second qualifying session on Sunday morning precedes the second of the races in the afternoon.

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