Jaafar says of the upcoming weekend, “I’ve had a long winter waiting for the new season to come around and finally it’s here. I’ve had a busy time preparing for my British F3 campaign, working closely with Carlin, who I’ve raced with since I entered this championship and as much as I enjoy the behind-the-scenes work, there’s nothing that compares to being on the grid and going out racing.
He continues, “It’s been a very productive winter of preparations and Carlin has put in a lot of work to make sure we’re ready for the season. As it is a new car for this year with the Dallara F312 making its race debut at Oulton Park, there has probably been even more work needed by the team as there was no data to refer to before we started testing. I’ve been working closely with my engineer to develop the car set up and understand its characteristics each time we’ve been out on the track and we’ve had some good results. We’ve topped the time sheets in three of the four tests we’ve done, so we need to carry this momentum through to the race weekends.”
Jaafar is clear on the challenges ahead, explaining, “Strong test results are the best start I could have to my season, but it’s the races which count, so now I’m focusing on combining speed with race skills to get the best out of myself and the car, and pushing to the limits to get the best results I can. As always my toughest competition will be my team mates and this has already been the case in testing. Qualifying position is always going to be important as this can make or break a race finish, so I’ll also be looking to go all out for pole in every session to give myself the best chance in the race.”
The International British F3 Series is a ten-event, 29-race calendar which features many of the top Formula 1 tracks as well as some of the classic European venues including Monza, Silverstone, Spa-Francorchamps and Paul Ricard. The first race of the weekend takes place on Friday 6th March with the second and third races on Saturday 7th March.