Petronas-backed Malaysian driver Jazeman Jaafar will stay with championship winning team Carlin in 2011, returning to the Cooper Tires British F3 International Series for a second season of competition.

The 18-year-old had a strong rookie season with two podium finishes, including a second place finish in only his tenth F3 race. With 16 top ten finishes from 30 starts, he’s keen to build on his success
as he enters his second year of racing in the series.

“My first season of British F3 was a huge learning curve,“ he says. “I moved up from Formula BMW to the much more powerful and more technical F3 machinery and had a lot to learn.”

“Entering 2011, I feel much more comfortable, not only having already competed at this level for a season, but also by staying with Carlin who nurtured me through my rookie year, I have a stability which is very important. I would like to thank Petronas for giving me the opportunity to race at this high level in motor racing.”

“My goal is always to win races and that will be my focus this season. The grid shaping up for this year looks highly competitive and I don’t underestimate how tough it will be, but I have the commitment, passion and determination to succeed,” Jazeman says.

“As a racing driver my aim is to reach the pinnacle of my sport, which is, of course, Formula 1, and if I am to do that I have to prove that I have the skill and the talent needed; British F3 is the right training ground for this,” he enthuses.

The team’s racing director, Trevor Carlin, says the Malaysian teenager had a good rookie season with the team last year and that the team was pleased that Jazeman and Petronas opted to stay with Carlin this year. “We look forward to consolidating all the hard work last year, building on the experience and working together to bring further success,” Carlin added.

The British F3 International Series 2011 calendar takes in five countries and includes four tracks currently raced in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship. The season opens at Monza, Italy on April 14-16 and concludes at Silverstone, UK on October 7–9, with testing being resumed in late February.