Last year Monza produced Jaafar’s best results of the season with two podium finishes, a performance the young Malaysian has already matched. The Monza track plays host to the Formula 1 Grand Prix and this, together with its rich history of racing, makes it a very special destination for Jaafar.
He says, “I love going to Monza as it is such an important circuit in the heritage of motor racing. It’s great to be racing on circuits which F1 goes to, not least because I gain experience of a track which I hope to be racing on regularly as I move up the racing ladder in the coming years. It’s not the easiest of tracks to get to grips with, you need speed and skill to master it. The Parabolica is one of the famed corners and I love that part of the track, but lesmo is also great as is the ascari chicane which is quite difficult to get right.
“I have some good memories from Monza, so I’m really keen to race there again. I’m chasing my elusive first win and after Oulton Park I’d like to think it’s not far away. But of course all the other drivers want the win too, so one thing is for sure, and that’s that there will be a great battle in qualifying and in each of the races we’ll be pushing each other hard.”
The PETRONAS-supported driver remains with Carlin, the team which he has been with since joining F3 in 2010 and his preparations for the weekend have included plenty of data-crunching with his engineer as well as simulator work back at Carlin’s HQ.
The Monza event starts on Friday 13th April with two practice sessions, continuing on Saturday morning with qualifying. The first race will be in the afternoon with the final two races on Sunday.