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Wednesday September 26, 2012
By LIM TEIK HUAT
PETALING JAYA: Jackie Stewart, Nelson Piquet, Emerson Fittipaldi, Ayrton Senna, Mika Hakkinen and Rubens Barrichello were all former winners before going on to become Formula One legends.
And 19-year-old Jazeman Jaafar could join them on the roll of champions as the British F3 International Series heads for a sizzling finale at Donington Park this weekend.
After 26 races on the Grand Prix circuits across England, Italy, France, Germany and Belgium, an exciting battle looms in the last three races, with the top two in the championship standings – Carlin driver Jazeman (282 points) and his Fortec rival Felix Serralles of Puerto Rico (276) separated by just six points.
Jazeman’s team-mate Jack Harvey is 17 points further behind in third spot on 259.
There are 21 points on offer for each race (20 for the race and one point for the fastest lap) – making it 63 points in total. As such, the door is open to any of these three drivers to take the title.
Donington Park is the only UK circuit on which Jazeman has yet to finish on the podium but the 19-year-old will no doubt be pushing hard to change that.
The Malaysian has been in consistent form this season and never out of the top three on each racing weekend.
Jazeman has scored three wins and 13 podiums to hold the championship lead going into the final round and is looking forward to the challenge.
“This probably isn’t one of my strongest circuits as I only raced there for the first time in the British F3 last season,” said Jazeman from his London base.
“Since then, I’ve only been back for the official test a couple of weeks ago, but we ran well there, so it’s all looking positive for the weekend.”
On his strategy for the weekend, Jazeman said “it’s the same as it has been through each round”.
“Every race I start, I go out to win. I proved this season that it is consistency and podiums which count, so I’ll take each of the three races as they come and focus entirely on that race, not on the bigger picture,” he said.
“Only when I’ve finished the third race will I consider my title position.”
The weekend starts early for Jazeman with two practice sessions tomorrow.
Qualifying will be on Saturday morning with the first of the three races on Saturday afternoon.
The final two races will be on Sunday.
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