Bertrand Baguette joins the Draco Multiracing USA team to aim for the title!
Following on from an excellent campaign in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, Bertrand Baguette moved up a notch in 2006, joining the Formula Renault 3.5, with the firm intention of learning the ropes in the first season, and winning in the second. Having joined the Belgian KTR team, the young driver from Verviers can pride himself on having progressed brilliantly during the campaign which has just finished. Having narrowly missed out on an incredible victory right from the start of the season at Monza, Baguette gathered up some points prior to clinching a first top 5 at Spa. Improving by the minute, Bertrand found himself on the 3rd rung of the podium at Donington, before outshining in Barcelona, leading the pack during 10 laps during the final round of the year, and finally being rewarded with a silver medal. This definitely confirms his ambitions for 2008; only all out victory interests him and his team.
No sooner had the season come to an end and Bertrand Baguette headed off for the High Tech Test Track Paul Ricard, to carry out three days of private testing with the Italian Draco Multiracing USA team. "We had wanted to join the Draco team with a view to the 2007 season, but having missed out on the title two years running a more experienced driver was chosen, which is understandable ", Bertrand explained. "On the other hand once the 2007 championship was over I wanted to put in a maximum number of test days with the team who will be welcoming me in 2008. Everything went smoothly at Paul Ricard, and the contract was signed..."
Put under the responsibility of Adriano Morini, the Draco team boasts an excellent past which can but play in his favour. Such reputable champions as Rubens Barrichello, Pedro Lamy, Felipe Massa, Augusto Farfus, Markus Winkelhock and Pastor Maldonado have cut their teeth with this team. Even though the Spaniard Alvaro Barba did not always have luck on his side in 2007, the young Serb Milos Pavlovic ended the World Series by Renault in 3rd place. "Draco is one of those teams which is up there year after year ", Bertrand continued, "and for them as for me, winning is all that counts. The average age of the mechanics is on the high side, which implies that they all know each other well and feel at home in the team. Some have been there for more than 25 years, and their thirst for victory is still as intense which drives them on to work from morning through to night time. It was during those three test days at Paul Ricard that I was able to fully appreciate their impressive technical knowledge. In other words, they know what they are talking about. Through them I have a feeling that I'm going to evolve further, which is highly motivating..."
Looking at the team's previous achievements, Draco is undoubtedly a good investment for the future. Adriano Morini knows masses of people in the sport and it is rare that his drivers do not make the grade having passed through Draco. "He can open up quite a few doors, and that is important. But one thing at a time. We're now heading off for the Valencia circuit, where we have three days of testing on 28th, 29th and 30th November. These will be the last tests carried out with this present single-seater. As from the first sessions in 2008 the new chassis will be on hand, which I'm pleased about. And seeing Draco boast a pretty outstanding experience I'm sure that they will quickly get to grips with its workings. It's looking promising..."