Jaafar graduates to FR3.5 with Carlin
7 January 2013 – Jazeman Jaafar will remain with Carlin as he steps up to Formula Renault 3.5 this year, having finished runner-up in the 2012 British Formula 3 championship. The 20-year-old Malaysian picked up three wins and a further 12 podium finishes last season, narrowly missing out on the title to team-mate Jack Harvey.
"I’m very excited to be making the move up to Formula Renault 3.5 with Carlin which is obviously a team I know very well," said Jaafar. "Making the transition to FR3.5 has been easier because I’ve done it within Carlin and I already feel comfortable in the car.
"It’s a big step up from Formula 3 in terms of power and the level of downforce, but it’s a great car to drive. There will be a lot to learn next year but I’m confident that we have the potential to make the very most out."
Carlin has the enviable statistic of winning at least one race per season since the introduction of Formula Renault 3.5 back in 2005. The team has explained that Jaafar's team-mate for the 2013 campaign will be announced in the near future.