Bertrand Baguette limits the damage with a top 5!
Co-leader in the championship at the start of the Silverstone weekend, Bertrand Baguette's hopes were rather dashed on English soil, notwithstanding an excellent performance put in during the collective training sessions, where the young Belgian finished in 3rd and 5th place, just in the wake of the fastest drivers. Matters took a turn for the worse during qualifying and the Superpole, culminating in an 8th place on the grid. All the same the driver found himself on pole for the first race of the meeting, held on Saturday afternoon.
"The single-seater was developing understeer, so I tried to avert any damage and finally clinched 8th best time in the Superpole, Bertrand explained. On the other hand I was fully determined to make the most of the pole position spot in Saturday's race, but Martinez had a brilliant start and I found myself in 2nd place at the first braking point ..." Unfortunately, after some 6 laps, the handling of the single-seater in the colours of the International Draco Racing team deteriorated, and Baguette found himself being threatened by the Malay Fairuz Fauzy. "'Perhaps I made the mistake of trying to hold him off for too long, Bertrand continued. He tried to overtake me on the outside; I braked on the dirty part of the track, and found myself on the grass. I got back into the race in 7th place, but there was grass on one of my radiators and the water temperature quickly rose up to 120 degrees. Under those conditions there's not much to be hoped for, and Charles Pic finished off the job by overtaking me, resulting in me finally crossing the line in 8th place ..."
This Sunday, Bertrand Baguette only had a mediocre start from the 4th row on the grid, finding himself in 9th place at the first braking zone. However as compared to the previous day the car was performing far better at the beginning of the race. "I found myself blocked behind Alguersuari and Move, but I finally managed to pass the Spaniard. We then anticipated the mandatory pit-stop, and I was able to adopt a higher rhythm for the following two laps, which allowed me to pass Martinez and Move thanks to my visit to the stand. After that Brendon Hartley was penalised, allowing me to finish the race in 5th place. Under these conditions I believe that we can be satisfied with this result ..."
The two victories of the weekend went to Martinez and Pic, the Draco driver now finding himself 3rd in the championship rankings, some 8 points down on Marcos Martinez. "Eight points isn't the end of the world and you can't outshine every weekend, Bertrand continued. The Draco team will need to react before Le Mans, and attempt to invert the situation in France, because here we weren't really up to it, as was shown also by the two 10th places of my team-mate Marco Barba. However all is not lost, we all just need to continue believing in it ..."