10 Sep 2014

Returning to racing action in Budapest

Leading Malaysian international racing driver, Jazeman Jaafar, resumes his season of World Series by Renault racing at Budapest this weekend, with the seventh round of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series.



After a seven week break Jazeman is keen to get back behind the wheel of his ISR Racing Dallara in Hungary. The PETRONAS supported driver has enjoyed a short vacation at home in Kuala Lumpur, but has also been busy with promotional duties and keeping his fitness levels high for the second part of the season.


The Budapest circuit, a track used for the Formula One championship, is one which is often compared to Monaco as it is quite a twisty track with no long straights – the longest is the start/finish. The corners are slow to medium speed with short braking distances and it’s also quite bumpy.

Jazeman says of the Hungarian round of the Series, “Budapest is a beautiful city, so it is always a pleasure to go there and the Hungaroring is a great track. It’s often quite dirty when we arrive as it’s not used that much, so over the course of the weekend it gets quicker and also changes quite a bit, so getting the setup right is quite difficult. It’s not an easy circuit to overtake on, so qualifying is all-important. I’ll be focusing on getting clean laps and be as far up the grid as I can be.”

“I’m going to be gunning for strong points finishes this weekend,” adds Jazeman, “I really need to ramp them up as we head into the final part of the season. We’ve had some highs and lows so far this year and I want to be riding as high as I can in Budapest.”

Jazeman arrives in Budapest from Portugal, where he was testing a 2012 MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS F1 car at the Portimao circuit. As a PETRONAS Talent Development driver this was the fourth time that Jazeman had driven an F1 car and is a valuable training opportunity for the Malaysian driver.

Jazeman comments, “I had a very productive day of running in the F1 car earlier this week, so I’m already back in the driving groove. I plan to carry that momentum through into the weekend and put the experience to good use in Budapest.”

The first race at the Hungaroring takes place on Saturday 13th September at 14.00 local time and the second race at the same time on Sunday 14th September. Check Eurosport website for local TV schedule.

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