The newly introduced championship, designed to further increase the profile of F3 and to develop the careers of young aspirant racing drivers, has an appealing prize for the three highest-placed drivers of the six events: qualification for a Formula One Super Licence.
Jaafar says of competing in this new championship, “The International Trophy gives me the opportunity to race on some tracks which I haven’t yet visited, to compete against the cream of the F3 drivers and to gain further experience at F3 level, as well as giving me more seat time during the season.”
The Hockenheim event will be a tough challenge for Jaafar. He will race his Carlin British F3 car set up to F3 Euro Series regulations, which will include running on Kumho tyres. Competing against the field of regular F3 Euro Series drivers, as well as drivers from other F3 championships, Jaafar will face stiff opposition. He says, “The biggest difference for me in Hockenheim will be running on Kumho tyres instead of Cooper Tires which we use in British F3. We’ll need to get on top of the set up as quickly as we can, so we can use as much time as possible to optimise the aerodynamics and develop the car’s performance.”
“I raced at Hockenheim last year in British F3 and had my best finishes of the season there, with two podiums – a second and a third – so I have very happy memories of this visit and I hope I can have a strong showing there this weekend as well. It is always a privilege to race at a classic F1 Grand Prix track and Hockenheim is definitely one of these.”
The F3 International Trophy draws together six existing international events, starting with the Hockenheim Euro F3 Series race, continuing with Pau F3 Grand Prix on a street circuit, then running as part of British F3’s Spa meeting before taking in long-standing classics the Zandvoort Masters and the Macau Grand Prix. It concludes at Korean F1 Grand Prix circuit, Yeongam, in late November.