26 Sep 2013

Previewing the penultimate round of the 2013 World Series season

Jazeman Jaafar returns to racing action this weekend with the penultimate round of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series at Paul Ricard circuit in the South of France.

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Paul Ricard is a circuit which Jazeman raced at in British F3 two years ago, with two top ten finishes. He returned to the venue earlier this year, testing with Carlin in the official World Series test, his only experience of driving on the track in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series car.

The 5.8km Paul Ricard circuit includes the famed 1.8km Mistral Straight, and with 167 possible configurations makes it a popular testing venue. The track is also known for its distinctive blue and red coloured runoff areas, which are used instead of gravel traps.

Jazeman, a PETRONAS Talent Programme driver, previews the event saying, “I haven’t had much experience at this track, but I’ve enjoyed my previous visits. It’s a challenging, technical track, but with the wide run-offs can be quite forgiving. Having said that, you don’t want to be running wide as you’ll just lose places.”

He continues, “I’m aiming to get the car set up sorted as early as possible in the weekend so that I can really make use of the track time to fine tune the preparations for the races. I’ll be working closely with my engineer and the Carlin team to get the best of the car and myself. I really want to be running consistently in the top 10 and finishing well inside it. As always, I’ll be doing the best I can for myself, the team and for PETRONAS.”

The Paul Ricard round of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series starts on Friday with practice sessions. Saturday is qualifying and the first of the two races. Sunday concludes the weekend with morning qualifying for the second races, which takes place that afternoon. Check TV listings for broadcast times.

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