Champion! As he arrived at the German Nurburgring circuit, only a few kilometres from the Belgium border, Bertrand Baguette only had one objective in mind: keeping his closest rival in the race some 33 points at arms length ...
As he arrived at the German Nurburgring circuit, only a few kilometres from the Belgium border, Bertrand Baguette only had one objective in mind: keeping his closest rival in the race some 33 points at arms length in order to clinch the Formula Renault 3.5 championship title before the final Spanish round.
Notwithstanding a perfect day on the Friday for the young Belgian of the Draco International team, with a second best overall time, the qualifying sessions were somewhat more complicated for Bertrand : " Since these last few races the single-seater has been reacting strangely in the cold, which has penalised us somewhat ", the Verviers based driver explained. " However I still managed to grab a place for the Super Pole, and during that specific moment everything improved. I clocked up 7th best time, but more importantly I would be in second spot on the grid for the first race of the weekend. Perfect way to start building up that points gap ... "
During the first start on Saturday afternoon Baguette found himself somewhat boxed in, initially back in 3rd place before climbing back up into 2nd place. From the title point of view everyone thought that Bertrand would satisfy himself with the silver medal. But far from it ... " Together with the team we had decided not to take any risks this weekend. I can confirm in all honesty that this attack on the leader, Daniil Move, I had really planned it down to the finest detail. Once in the lead, I managed the race perfectly in order to clinch another victory and a 42 points advantage over the second driver in the championship, none other than the F1 driver Jaime Alguersuari ! And it looked as though everything was going to plan ...
This Sunday Baguette, starting from he 7th place on the grid, drove the race everyone expected of him. Back in 9th place at the first braking point, he concentrated on working his way up through the pack, getting passed three of his rivals to find himself in 6th place. The retirement of Jon Lancaster brought him up into the top 5... and the chance to celebrate the title ! " Alguersuari did in fact finish in 6th place ! ", Baguette shouted as he climbed out of his single seater. " This time we've done it! I feel rather strange in grabbing the title before the final round in Spain. It will be taking a great load off our shoulders when we travel on down to there! For the moment it still hasn't really sunk in what has happened but one thing is for sure, this weekend worked out exactly to plan ... "
A crown which quite obviously delighted the Morini family, who head up the Draco International team, and who had been longing to clinch this title for several years ... " I'm really proud to be able to offer them this title ", Baguette continued. " They spent the entire weekend checking and double checking the single-seater just to make sure that nothing could go seriously wrong. Mission accomplished ... and in perfect style ... "
By winning the Formula Renault 3.5 title Bertrand Baguette has also won a test drive in a Renault F1. The date for this test run has not as yet been set, but one thing is for sure namely that fact that the next Belgian to compete in Formula 1 is now known ... Champagne !