Bertrand Baguette remains cautious Bertrand Baguette (International Draco Racing) got off to a flying start this weekend with the best performance in collective testing. The Belgian driver remains cautious, however. His rivals are not far...
Bertrand Baguette remains cautious
Bertrand Baguette (International Draco Racing) got off to a flying start this weekend with the best performance in collective testing. The Belgian driver remains cautious, however. His rivals are not far behind, led by Marcos Martinez (Pons Racing), who is determined to defend his position as Formula Renault 3.5 Series leader.
The Hungarian round got underway with two one-hour collective test sessions. It is worth noting several changes to the starting line-up. Filip Salaquadra joins Italian outfit Prema Powerteam for the rest of the season. Mihai Marinescu is now at RC Motorsport, Michael Herck returns to the category with Interwetten.com Racing and SG Formula has added Edoardo Mortara to its line-up alongside Anton Nebylitskiy. Finally, at Comtec Racing, John Martin is now joined by Jon Lancaster.
All twenty-six cars headed straight onto the track as soon as the first session got underway. Fairuz Fauzy (Mofaz Fortec Motorsport) and Bertrand Baguette quickly moved clear of the rest of the field. The two men dominated the first part of the session, ahead of Marcos Martinez, Charles Pic (Tech 1 Racing) and James Walker (P1 Motorsport), whilst an incident involving Greg Mansell (Ultimate Motorsport) meant the session was red-flagged at the midway point.
The positions moved when testing got underway again. With a time of 1'34''167, Formula Renault 3.5 Series leader Marcos Martinez shot to the top of the timing screens, ahead of Fairuz Fauzy and Adrian Valles (Epsilon Euskadi). As the session drew to a close, Charles Pic headed out on fresh tyres and recorded the quickest lap. The Frenchman's time of 1'33''809 took him ahead of Marcos Martinez and Edoarda Mortara. The Italian appears to have gotten to grips with the Formula Renault 3.5 very quickly.
Fairuz Fauzy went from strength to strength in the afternoon. With a lap of 1'33''246, the Malaysian driver immediately improved on the time to beat set by Charles Pic. Pic moved closer at the session's midway point. At that stage, Fairuz Fauzy topped the timing screens, followed by Charles Pic, Bertrand Baguette, Miguel Molina and James Walker.
As the end of the session approached, Marcos Martinez briefly moved back in front, but only for Bertrand Baguette to grab first place with a time of 1'32''709. Oliver Turvey (Carlin Motorsport) also produced a fine performance to take the third best time, ahead of Fairuz Fauzy and Adrian Zaugg (Interwetten.com Racing). The session was then interrupted as Edoardo Mortara crashed off the track. There were no further changes in the standings, as Bertrand Baguette ended the day in first place, followed by Marcos Martinez and Oliver Turvey.
Bertrand Baguette: "We won't be getting carried away, as Miguel Molina and James Walker didn't have time to complete their flying laps. It is nonetheless a positive start to the weekend. We were in front of everyone on fresh and used tyres. There are still a few things we can improve, and we'll be even faster tomorrow."
Jon Lancaster: "I've learnt a lot today. I was very quickly on the pace and it's positive to finish with the 9th best time. I couldn't have done any better, really, because the red flag was shown just as I was about to start a series of flying laps. I'm going to complete the season. My goal is just to keep improving with every race."