It was a good day out for Jazeman Jaafar at the opening round of the 2011 Cooper Tires British F3 International Series at Monza, Italy – the Malaysian managed to get to the podium twice, finishing second and third in two of the three races of the round. The result over the weekend puts him in second place overall in the Drivers Championship.

The Petronas-backed 18-year old finished behind Felipe Nasr in the race one, and was placed fifth in the second race before finishing third in the final race. “It’s been an excellent start to the season for me,” Jazeman said. “We had a very strong weekend, and were solid right from the start. Carlin did a great job with the set up work.”

“Of course I want to win and we’re knocking on the door of the top step, but consistent strong points finishes are key, so I have to be patient and I didn’t want to take too many risks and jeopardise this, in only the first event. I had to fight hard, so it was tough out there, but I reaped the rewards,” he added.

The second round of the Cooper Tires British F3 International Series takes place at Oulton Park circuit in the UK next weekend.