Jazeman Jaafar is set to get his first drive in a Formula One car next month – the 20-year-old Malaysian will be piloting the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 demo car at a special demonstration run event in Kuala Lumpur on March 17, ahead of the 2013 F1 Petronas Malaysian GP.
Jazeman, who will be racing in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series this season, having moved up from the British F3 championship which he has been competing in for the last three years, will share driving duties at the event with Mercedes AMG Petronas development driver Sam Bird.
The lad is obviously excited by the chance. “It’s difficult to describe the emotions I had when I was told by Petronas that I would be given the chance to drive the car. I’m happy, excited, proud and impatient for the day. I am very grateful to Petronas for the support and putting faith in me to put on a good show at this special event,” he enthused.
“As there won’t be an opportunity for me to drive the car before the KL event, I’m preparing by working with the team on the simulator alongside my 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,” he added.
His dream of getting into F1 remains fixed, and this will only fuel it. “I’m only 20 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’m 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,” he explained.