The first of three events in continental Europe, the German circuit marks the halfway point for British F3 in 2011, with Jazeman lying fourth in the championship, just one point behind third place driver, Carlin team mate Carlos Huertas.
British F3 returns to Nurburgring after a five year gap, adding to the challenge for drivers and teams, as Jazeman explains, “I raced here in Formula BMW two years ago, running in both wet and dry weather, and had a couple of top ten finishes, so I have good memories of the track.
“It’s a great track as it has such a variety of corners, and many of these are cambered, which makes them a little more difficult. It’s a flowing track, but with the long curves and quick chicanes it isn’t easy to put together the perfect lap. The first corner is a good overtaking opportunity, so it’s important to set yourself up well for this, so you can take the advantage if it presents itself.
“My preparations for the weekend will focus on ensuring I’m in good shape physically and working with my engineer on the simulator at Carlin, so that we can be as ready as we can and have a baseline set up to work from. One factor outside of our control will be the weather and it can be quite changeable at Nurburgring, which will be challenging.”
After four rounds and 12 races, Jazeman has achieved top six finishes in all but two races, including two podium spots, and with this consistency he has been one of the front-runners in the championship since the start of the year. He says, “I’m consistently running in the top five during the sessions and I need to keep this momentum going. A few more podiums would be welcome and I’ll be going all out for these in Germany next weekend.”
The Nurburging circuit, a regular feature on the Formula 1 calendar, was revamped in 2009 to offer motorsport one of the most modern, stylish facilities on the calendar. Jazeman says of the venue, “Racing at one of the premier motorsport tracks, which is on the calendar of Formula 1 and all the other top racing series, is very important, as it gives me experience of this level of track early in my career.”
The Nurburgring round of the British F3 International Series starts on Friday with practice sessions. Saturday is qualifying and the first of the three races. Sunday concludes the weekend with two further races, including the final 40 minutes feature race.