Monday March 4, 2013
Jazeman gets to drive F1 car in special demonstration run
By LIM TEIK HUAT
PETALING JAYA: Jazeman Jaafar is spending extra hours working on the race simulator for a good reason.
He has been given the honour of driving the Mercedes AMG Petronas machine at a special demonstration run in Kuala Lumpur on March 17.
The event, held in conjunction with the Formula One Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix from March 22-24, will give him an early taste of what it feels like to be in the cockpit of an F1 car,
Jazeman will share driving duties with Sam Bird, the teamís development driver.
ďIím happy, excited, proud and impatient for the event to start. I am very grateful to Petronas for their support and putting their faith in me to put on a good show at this special event.
ďAs there wonít be an opportunity for me to drive the car before the KL event, I am preparing by working with the team on the simulator alongside my Renault 3.5 Series programme.
ďTo be making my F1 driving debut behind the wheel in front of a home crowd will be just totally awesome,Ē he said.
Jazeman, a Petronas talent programme driver, will race in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series this season, a move up from his three-year stint at the British F3 Championship.
Jazemanís ultimate goal is to be racing in F1. But before he reaches the pinnacle of motor-racing, he needs to race in lower formulas to gain more racing experience.
ďIím only 20 years old. Iíve been racing in single-seaters for six years, working my way up the ladder. In the process, Iím constantly learning, improving, experiencing more technical and more powerful cars.
ďI am capable of driving an F1 car within the parameters of a demonstration run. Iím really looking forward to it but it will be a couple of years before I can start looking for a full-time race driving position in F1.
ďBut it will be an amazing experience for me come March 17.Ē