Bertrand Baguette tested a GP2 at HTTT Paul Ricard! This coming weekend the World Series by Renault will be holding their penultimate event of 2008 at the Estoril circuit in Portugal, and for Bertrand Baguette this above all implies...
Bertrand Baguette tested a GP2 at HTTT Paul Ricard!
This coming weekend the World Series by Renault will be holding their penultimate event of 2008 at the Estoril circuit in Portugal, and for Bertrand Baguette this above all implies forgetting all about the Le Mans saga, and regaining a place in the top-5. However instead of taking a direct flight to the Lusitanian track, the young team Draco driver made an unscheduled stop-over. Destination: the High Tech Test Track Paul Ricard, where tests are presently under way specifically reserved for the... GP2 Series!
"The BCN Competicion team, based in Barcelona and run by no one less than Enrique Scalabron, contacted me", Bertrand explained. "He hoped I would take part in a test run with one of his single-seaters at the Castellet circuit. Basically it was just an initial contact seeing that I only had 90 minutes of driving time prior to heading off for Estoril, but no way was I going to turn down such an opportunity..."
And so this Thursday morning Bertrand Baguette carried out some thirty laps of the Castellet track, and for an initial experience at this level it should be said that everything went smoothly.. "The basic difference between a GP2 and a n FR3.5 lies in the tyres ", the young driver continued."The range of usage and performance of these Bridgestone tyres is fundamentally different from those of the Michelins, which implies a different style of driving. I progressively managed to reduce my lap times as I adapted to this single-seater, but in fact overall the environment is not that much different from what I'm used to in the World Series by Renault. The team seemed to be satisfied with my performance as I was able to fit a new set of tyres near the end of the session. Seeing I was discovering these new tyres for the first time, I wasn't able to take full advantage of these. Usually they come into their own during the second lap, at full speed, and I set my best lap time with these tyres in my 5th lap.."
At the time of finishing this rather reduced test session Bertrand had clocked up a 12th best time, behind drivers who had already - in certain cases - enjoyed a lengthy experience in GP2. "I wish to thank the BCN Competicion team and more especially Enrique Scalabroni for this opportunity ", Baguette concluded, "as it allowed me to discover GP2 under ideal conditions. At the end of the day all parties appear to be satisfied. So much the better. I'm now heading off for Estoril, where the collective test sessions are taking place this coming Friday morning.."