Malaysia's Jazeman Jaafar is considering his options for 2014, a decision which will be aided by his participation in upcoming GP2 and Formula Renault 3.5 tests this month.
The PETRONAS Talent Programme driver will return to a 3.5 litre model for the first time since Paul Ricard after suffering from an illness at the season finale in Barcelona. Overall, Jaafar's 2013 Formula Renault 3.5 year saw mixed success including a podium in Monaco.
His testing duties will begin with three days at the helm of a GP2 car between 5th and 7th November with Carlin, the same team he has represented for the last four years in British F3 and Formula Renault 3.5.
Speaking of his upcoming testing duties, Jaafar acknowledged the importance of his opportunity. “It will be good experience for me to have driven in these tests in two different cars. I am obviously familiar with the Formula Renault 3.5 Series car but haven't yet had the chance to drive a GP2 car with Pirelli tyres, so I'm looking forward to finding out,” he said.
The Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi will offer additional challenges for the Malaysian too, as although he has done a sportscar event there, back in early 2012, he has yet to actually pilot a single-seater at the venue.
For Jaafar, these extra days mean maintaining his focus for longer as well, something he referred to as a benefit.
“Having the FR3.5 Series test soon after the GP2 one keeps my driving fitness high," he continued. "I'll also be running with different teams, so this will be a useful exercise as well."
"I'll be going straight on to Macau for the Macau Grand Prix [after the tests] running in the British F3 car, so within the space of the month I'll have driven three categories of car and had plenty of running, which is just how I like it."
Following his GP2 debut, Jaafar will travel to Motorland for Formula Renault 3.5 then, later, Macau before a decision regarding his future is made.