Jaafar has visited the British F3 podium on ten occasions from 22 race starts. His impressive form has put him in the thick of the chase for the title and hungry for more race wins after his victories in Pau, France and Rockingham, UK. He says of his chances at Silverstone, “It’s a circuit I love racing on, as it is fast, flowing and has plenty of challenging corners and I’ve had some good results there. British F3 has been a very open championship this year and there are plenty of good drivers up against me, not least my four team mates, so I have to give my best every time I’m in the car.”
The PETRONAS Talent Programme driver adds, “With only six races to go in the championship, there’s no time to lose in getting more podiums and, ideally, race wins and I need more of these if I am to come out on top. My first goal is to overhaul Felix, who is 16 points ahead of me, then I’ll go after Jack who’s a further 4 points in the lead. It might sound a lot of points, but there are 20 points on offer for a win, and another point for fastest lap, so it’s achievable goal. Of course the other two drivers are also looking for the crown and we’re very closely matched on speed, pace and competitive spirit, so it’s definitely going to be a tough weekend.”
The Silverstone circuit layout used by the British F3 Series is the same one used by the Formula 1 championship, with a long lap of 3.66 miles (5.9 km). Jaafar says of the track configuration, “It’s great that we race on exactly the same track as the F1 drivers, as we gain experience for the future goal of being on the grid in the ultimate racing series. “
The Silverstone round of the British F3 International Series takes place this weekend, 8-9th September. All the drivers will have a chance to practice at the circuit on Friday, with qualifying on Saturday morning. The first race will be in the afternoon at 3.15pm. On Sunday the second race of the weekend takes place at 10.30am and the final race at 4.15pm local time. Live timing is available at www.tsl-timing.com.