Baguette set for Renault test in December 11 Nov 2009
Belgian youngster Bertrand Baguette is the latest name to land the chance to test at next months young drivers session at Jerez. Baguette will be in action for Renault at the Spanish circuit on December 1, as a reward for winning the 2009 Formula Renault 3.5 series.
This will be a great first for me, Baguette told his official website. Its all my childhood dreams come true and, at the same time, its every racing driver's ultimate goal. Its thanks to Renault that I was able to get into single-seater racing, by winning a programme set up by Renault in Belgium to discover up-and-coming young talent from karting. Since then, Ive driven every Renault single-seater, from Formula Renault 1.6 to Formula Renault 3.5 via Formula Renault 2.0.
Driving the Renault F1 R29 kind of completes the set as far as Im concerned! The first few laps in Formula One must be really unbelievable, with a lighter, more powerful car that has just phenomenal cornering speeds. Ill have everything to learn, not just the car itself, but also a new environment, lots of new parameters, a different way of working. The only thing I will be familiar with will be the Jerez circuit!"
Baguette is currently getting ready for the test by following a special training programme and will visit Renaults UK factory at Enstone in the next few days for a full pre-session briefing.
The most important thing for me is not really driving the fastest possible lap, he concluded. The aim of this day will be to work hard with the team and to carry out the test programme that Renault F1 Team is going to define seriously and professionally. Rather than my outright speed, it will be my ability to analyse the cars handling and my communication with the members of the team that will be gauged.
I cant wait. Im going to have to take things one step at a time and be cautious. Its a terrific opportunity to be able to take part in testing with a team as prestigious as Renault.