Jazeman Jaafar in action last weekend in Monaco where he finished third at his favourite Monte Carlo street circuit.
PETALING JAYA: Malaysian motor racing sensation Jazeman Jaafar is craving for more points after claiming his first podium finish of the season at last weekend’s Monaco round of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series.
The 21-year-old’s confidence is at all an all-time high, having finished third at his favourite Monte Carlo street circuit and he will be hoping to carry the momentum into Friday’s fourth leg of the series at the Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.
Jazeman, now 12th in the drivers’ championship with 23 points, is relishing the tough challenge of racing at the historical Belgian circuit, whose original track dates back to 1922.
The circuit also boasts one of the fastest and longest tracks on the race calendar.
“I’ve just left one of my favourite street circuits – Monaco – and arrived at the great Spa-Francorchamps, an awesome track which is great fun to drive,” said the Petronas Talent Development driver.
“It’s the sort of track where you need to be fearless as there are blind crests, long high-speed corners and the very famous Eau Rouge section, which needs plenty of fast, accurate driving to get the best laps.
“I’m still on a high after a great Monaco event and I’m holding on to the confidence I have in myself and the car, with total determination to keep the momentum flowing through the Spa weekend.
“I need to keep pushing and rack up lots more points. There’s nothing like standing on a podium to put you in the best frame of mind to go racing again.”
Apart from the tricky track layout, the unpredictable weather will be another factor that Jazeman needs to deal with.
“Spa seems to have its own micro-climate as it can be so different in the surrounding areas. You could experience different types of weather in different parts of the circuit – and when the lap is pretty long, if you’re on the wrong tyres at the wrong time, the pits can seem a long way from you!” he said.
“To get the best performance at this track, it really is a team effort as I work with the engineers on getting the car set up for the conditions, the track and the changing weather.”
The Spa round opens on Friday with two practice sessions, followed by the qualifying and the first race on Saturday. The round concludes on Sunday with another qualifying session and the second race.