Reigning Formula Renault UK champion Oliver Jarvis admits that he faces a difficult choice regarding his future, after enjoying a confidence-boosting test in a World Series by Renault car at Paul Ricard this week.
The recently-crowned McLaren Autosport
Young Driver of the Year ran with both Interwetten.com and KTR during his day of testing, initially as reward for his title-winning performance in the UK, before swapping seats for a pre-arranged outing with the Belgian squad. After finishing eighth in the official test, however, Jarvis admits that he now faces a tough decision between his two favoured options for 2006.
â€œIâ€™ve come back really happy with how it went at Ricard, but it makes the decision between Formula Three and World Series a lot harder,â€ he explained, "Having driven the World Series car, Iâ€™m extremely impressed with it and it looks a very good option.
"The power and downforce the car creates is quite phenomenal. Itâ€™s closer to Formula One than the F3 series, which may make it more worthwhile. However, the choice will come down to which formula is most looked at and highly regarded. My next career move will still see me developing as a driver, but also serves as a stepping stone to higher formulae.â€
Despite driving an unfamiliar circuit, Jarvis was happy with the way his performances improved throughout the two-day test.
â€œI adapted to the car quite quickly because Iâ€™d had a few laps in it already,â€ he said, referring to his outing in the WS machine during the McLaren Autosport
Award assessment, â€œBut Paul Ricard is a very demanding track and it was difficult to get the most out of the car on the first morning. In the afternoon, I was much quicker, and went faster again on Wednesday. It made me think that, if I did do it next year, Iâ€™d be able to get into the top five - or maybe even onto the podium.
â€œItâ€™s given me a headache, but itâ€™s a nice situation in many ways. I need to sit down and have a long think about what Iâ€™m going to do. I had the equivalent of a dayâ€™s testing in total and was able to see how races and championships would be run in World Series - and it all looks good.â€