Could this be Malaysia's man for F1?

Could this be Malaysia's man for F1?

After Alex Yoong and Fairuz Fauzy flirted with the foothills of F1, Jazeman Jaafar could well be his nation's first candidate to properly establish himself, reckons Marcus Simmons

He ran Jack Harvey close for the British Formula 3 title this year – so close that the young Englishman had to sweat it out until the last lap of the final race. Yet, despite his three seasons in BF3, not too much is known about Jazeman Jaafar on UK shores.

The perception is sometimes, unfairly, of a Malaysian simply being bankrolled by state oil company Petronas. But the reality is that he has to perform to keep that backing, in the same way as any Red Bull junior has to – in fact, his first exposure to Petronas resulted in a stinging rejection from its scholarship scheme. But he's bounced back, worked hard, and his performances this year, his third with top team Carlin, have been high-quality.

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