31 May 2013

Jazeman samples MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One demo car at Silverstone

Jazeman Jaafar drove the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One demo car, the MGP WO2, on the Silverstone National circuit yesterday for a PETRONAS filming day, his first experience of driving an F1 car on a race track.

Jaafar’s first run in the car came in March, when he was behind the wheel for a PETRONAS demonstration run event around the streets of downtown Kuala Lumpur ahead of the 2013 FORMULA 1™ PETRONAS MALAYSIA GRAND PRIX.  He returned to the cockpit of the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS demo car yesterday morning for the 100 kilometres session and after a productive day of running was thrilled with the experience.

The 20-year-old Malaysian said of the experience, “One word sums up my day – amazing! I loved every minute of it. In the morning the track was pretty wet so we just did an installation lap and then waited until the weather was a bit better. I then had another run in the morning and even though the track was still damp I was really impressed with the amount of downforce and the brakes and was able to start building up a bit more speed.  In the afternoon the track dried out so I had another run on slicks. The car was awesome and I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity I was given.

“My thanks go to PETRONAS for their support and to MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS for giving me this opportunity”. Jazeman adds, “This is another milestone in my racing career and a day which I will certainly remember. As a young driver who is climbing the ladder of single-seater racing I obviously aspire to be in F1 one day in the future. Today’s experience has just reinforced my determination to reach the top and I leave Silverstone with a huge smile on my face.”

Jazeman, a PETRONAS TALENT PROGRAMME driver, returns to his regular race series today with the first day of running in the fourth round of the World Series by Renault, which is this weekend at Spa-Francorchamps. The young Malaysian will be put for the first practice session tomorrow morning, ahead of the two Formula Renault 3.5 Series races on Saturday and Sunday. The races will be shown on Eurosport. Check listings for details

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