Jazeman Jaafar: 'It feels great to have so quickly established myself as a frontrunner.'
SEPANG: Malaysia’s Jazeman Jaafar had an impressive final pre-season Formula Renault 3.5 Series test at the Jerez circuit in Spain this week.
The Petronas talent development driver was at the top of the leaderboard on the first day and was comfortably in the top 10 on the other two days of testing, which ended Wednesday.
Driving with the ISR team this year, Jazeman has already established an excellent rapport with the engineers and crew and this healthy relationship translated into a timesheet-topping performance.
Jazeman’s quickest lap was set on the first morning, putting new tyres to good use and benefiting from the extra grip to lay down a lap time unmatched by any of his rivals throughout the rest of the day.
”It feels great to have so quickly established myself as a frontrunner. I have been working hard with ISR in preparation of the test and we worked through a development programme which certainly paid dividends when I put new tyres on.
”Once I’d done this, we started to work on various different set-up options. We learned more from this and all the information gathered is beneficial ahead of the first race.”
Jazeman finished the next two days as the fourth quickest.
”It was good for confidence-building to start the test strong and be at the top of the timesheets. We worked through a very comprehensive test programme and had good reliability throughout, so I’m very pleased,” added Jazeman, who is returning to Kuala Lumpur to join the Mercedes F1 team at the Petronas Malaysia Formula 1 Grand Prix this weekend.