Monaco: Bertrand Baguette race report

Bertrand Baguette climbs to within 4 points of Martinez in the championship! Having been crowned with two silver medals clinched in front of 78,000 spectators at Francorchamps, Bertrand Baguette headed on down to Monaco for the...

Bertrand Baguette climbs to within 4 points of Martinez in the championship!

Having been crowned with two silver medals clinched in front of 78,000 spectators at Francorchamps, Bertrand Baguette headed on down to Monaco for the traditional prestigious lottery of the Formula Renault 3.5 series. A rendezvous which the young Belgian was tackling with a certain amount of optimism in the fact that in the past team Draco had left their mark in the Principality on two occasions ...

Right from the free practice sessions Bertrand had shown that he was well pleased with the handling of his single-seater in the narrow streets of Monaco, ending this session in 10th place ... " Contrary to all the other drivers ahead of me in the classification of this session I didn't switch over to new tyres in the final minutes ", Baguette explained. " We were therefore reasonably pleased with this 10th time, which corresponded to our predictions in these conditions ..."

Unfortunately on Saturday morning, during the qualifying, the driver bearing the RACB National Team colours found himself with a poorer car handling car than anticipated ... "Compared to previous years the track has evolved far less, in fact it was quite simply slower ", Bertrand continued. "Amongst others I found myself handicapped by substantial understeer. I managed to set 4th best time in my group, as also 4th best time overall, but as stipulated in the World Series by Renault regulations, I found myself back on the 4th row of the starting grid which is not an ideal situation in Monaco , where overtaking is highly difficult if not to say impossible. The objective was therefore to gather as many points as possible in the championship ..."

Late this Sunday morning Baguette took the start of this one-off single Formula Renault 3.5 race in Monaco. "I had an excellent start and immediately got the better of Pasquale Di Sabatino at Sainte Devote! I found myself up in a provisional 6th place ..."

A place made even better in the fact that the leader in the championship, the Spaniard Marcos Martinez, went off the track as the result of brake problems! "I was then up in 5th, in the wake of Miguel Molina. But as I had previously mentioned it's not easy to find an opening here, and if the driver in front of you puts everything into it, it is impossible to overtake ... Near the end of the race my single-seater was past its best and I decided to quieten things down in order to claim the points of the top 5, taking into consideration my starting position ..."

Winner of the race, the Brit Oliver Turvey, is not a real threat in the championship and Baguette had the best deal of the day, climbing back to within 4 points of Martinez in the provisional classification, and not without retaining a 7 points lead over James Walker. "All in all it has been a good operation ", Bertrand confirmed, "but when you see the performance put in by my team mate Marco Barba, you realise that the Draco single-seaters didn't enjoy the best handling in the streets of Monaco. If you then add the rather lottery character of this race you need to content yourself with a remunerative result as opposed to putting up a spirited battle. Regarding the following round of the championship, to be held in Hungary in the middle of June, we're going to be falling back on the set-up which proved so successful at Spa, and everything should work perfectly. One thing is for sure, you can count on me to put heavy pressure on Martinez, whilst keeping a close eye on the progress of the other top players in this competition ..."

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Series Formula V8 3.5
Drivers James Walker , Marcos Martinez , Bertrand Baguette , Oliver Turvey , Miguel Molina , Marco Barba