Baguette for champion? If the start of the season was dominated by Pons Racing's Marco Martinez, this summer has been a fruitful one for International Draco Racing's Bertrand Baguette. Over the course of just a few races, the tables have well...
Baguette for champion?
If the start of the season was dominated by Pons Racing's Marco Martinez, this summer has been a fruitful one for International Draco Racing's Bertrand Baguette. Over the course of just a few races, the tables have well and truly turned and now the Belgian driver is hoping to be crowned champion at Nurburgring. His aim will be to capitalize on his thirty-one point lead over P1 Motorsport's James Walker. Meanwhile, behind Baguette, the action is heating up, with seven drivers separated by just twenty-one points.
Eclipsed by Marcos Martinez' perfect start to the season, which saw him take three wins in as many races, Bertrand Baguette has made up the points which now make all the difference. After accumulating points and podium finishes, the International Draco Racing driver proceeded to follow up with a clean sweep at Le Mans, while his rivals could only watch. At the beginning of August the Belgian once again chalked up the points at Portimao, while Comtec Racing's Jon Lancaster and Carlin Motorsport's Jaime Alguesuari added their names to this season's list of winners, bringing the total number to nine.
The result ? With thirty-one points lead, Bertrand Baguette could claim the title at Nurburgring if he maintains his advantage over second-place James Walker. The German round will be particularly special for the British driver and the P1 Motorsport team, whose workshops were ravaged by fire in August. Ronaldo Vincini's drivers will continue to fight, as P1 Motorsport has found new premises and invested in two new Formula Renault 3.5 cars, which they have had to build from scratch after buying all the equipment necessary. Thanks to an incredible force of will, an enormous amount of hard work and tremendous support from other Formula Renault 3.5 Series teams, P1 Motorsport has beaten the odds and arrives at Nurburgring with two cars and the firm intention to put this difficult period behind them. What better than a win to set them off on the right foot?
Five points behind Walker is Jaime Alguesuari, with Tech 1 Racing's Marcos Martinez and Charles Pic, and Carlin Motorsport's Oliver Turvey in hot pursuit. Official driver for the Scuderia Toro Rosso Formula 1 team, Alguersuari, has no intention of letting the Formula Renault 3.5 Series fall by the wayside, in fact quite the reverse. His first pole position in Portimao, followed by his first win in the class have given the Spanish driver, who leads the rookies class, a new lease of life. Separated from Alguersuari by just one point, Martinez needs to reopen the gap. For four races, the Spaniard failed to score a single point. At the Nurburgring and Motorland Aragon, Martinez needs to find his pace from the start of the season if he wants to pip Baguette to post.
With 72 points Charles Pic, in fifth place, has also seen a return to form following a blistering start to the season. Back on the podium at Portimao, the Frenchman needs to go all out for points if he is to continue making progress. Oliver Turvey is also on the list of potential champions, as are Ultimate Motorsport's Miguel Molina and Mofaz Fortec Motorsport's Fairuz Fauzy, both of whom are mathematically still in with a chance of the title.
In the Teams championship, things are also wide open. International Draco Racing has a five-point lead over Carlin Motorsport, while third-place P1 Motorsport has some ground to make up but must also compete with comebacks from Tech 1 Racing and Mofaz Fortec Motorsport.
Finally, two drivers will make a return to Formula Renault 3.5 Series at the Nurburgring. Absent from Le Mans and Portimao, Tech 1 Racing's Brendon Hartley gets back behind the wheel of the number 1 car while Jon Martin, as at Monaco, Budapest and Silverstone, once again joins Comtec Racing.