2 December 2013
Jaafar reaffirms F1 dream with Mercedes test
Jazeman Jaafar became only the second Malaysian talent to drive and F1 car after joining Mercedes for an evaluation at Silverstone.
World Series by Renault midfielder Jazeman Jaafar got his proper taste of F1 power after joining Mercedes for a driver evaluation test at Silverstone.
A member of the Petronas Talent Development Programme, the Malaysian was handed the opportunity to run the W04 on a full circuit thanks to the sponsor's extensive links with the Mercedes team, allowing him to build on a couple of previous outings with the Brackley squad.
“On the two other occasions I have driven this car, I was limited – in KL by the kerbs of the city streets and the closeness of the spectators and, last time, by the need for consistent running focusing on filming,” he noted.
“Today, it was different again. I have worked through a schedule of development with myself and the car which has meant that I've been able to progressively put the power down more and more and really start to understand the car, build a relationship with the engineers and how they work, and with more mileage, get to grips with the handling of the car – within the constraints of what is possible running on Pirelli promotional tyres.”
Jaafar racked up the miles at the home of the British Grand Prix, working with the engineering staff to make changes to the car and set-up to suit the track conditions. Throughout the day, the key Mercedes team personnel evaluated his performance as an up-and-coming driver.
“Wow, what a day!” he enthused, “It's such a great car to drive, so responsive, amazing brakes, so agile, it's just such a buzz. I have always known I want to reach the height of F1 but, if I had any doubts, after today, I just want it even more.
“I would like to give a huge thanks to Mercedes AMG Petronas for giving me the opportunity and to Petronas for their loyal support, it's been a very special day which I will remember for a very long time."
The Malaysian now has a few months to wait until he's back in a race car, but the 2014 season can't come soon enough as he looks to secure his place on the doorstep of the top flight.
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