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Jazeman Jaafar will inch closer to realising his lifelong dream next month when he climbs into the cockpit and drives a Formula One car for the first time. Jazeman, Carlin Motorsport’s driver in Formula Renault 3.5 Series this season, has been given the honour of driving the Mercedes F1 demo car at a special demonstration run event to be held in Kuala Lumpur on 17th March, ahead of the Malaysia Grand Prix.

The Petronas event in the heart of Kuala Lumpur will give Jazeman a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to showcase his talent behind the wheels of a Formula 1 car, with the stunning backdrop of the iconic Twin Towers. He will share driving duties at this event with Mercedes Development Driver, Sam Bird.

Jazeman says, “It’s difficult to describe the emotions I had when I was told that I would be given the chance to drive a F1 car. I’m happy, excited, proud and impatient for 17th March! 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.

He continues, “As there won’t be an opportunity for me to drive the car before the Kuala Lumpur event, I’m preparing by working with the team on the simulator alongside my Formula Renault 3.5 Series programme, but to be making my ‘F1 driving debut’ behind the wheel in front of a home crowd will be just totally awesome.”

Jazeman, a Petronas Talent Programme driver, will be racing in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series this season, a move up from the British F3 championship which he has been competing in for the last three years. His ultimate goal is to be racing in F1, but before he reaches this pinnacle of motor racing, he needs to race in lower formulas to keep learning his craft and gain more racing experience.

Jazeman explains, “I’m only 20 years old and I’ve been racing in single-seaters for six years, working my way up the ladder of racing categories, learning, improving, experiencing more technical and more powerful cars. I am capable of driving an F1 car within the parameters of a demonstration run and really looking forward to it, but it will be a couple of years before I can consider looking for a full-time race driving position in F1. I’m sure that this ‘taster’ of driving an F1 car will add to my determination to reach F1 and it will be an amazing experience.”

The Petronas street demonstration run will take place in Kuala Lumpur on 17th March 2013 featuring the participation of other teams in Petronas Motorsports portfolio.

Official Renault Sport Press Release.

Posted: 28 February 2013
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