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Baguette set for Renault test in December 11 Nov 2009

Bertrand Baguette (BEL). Formula One World Championship, Rd 13, Italian Grand Prix, Preparations, Monza, Italy, Thursday 10 September 2009.

Belgian youngster Bertrand Baguette is the latest name to land the chance to test at next month’s 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. “It’s all my childhood dreams come true and, at the same time, it’s every racing driver's ultimate goal. It’s 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, I’ve 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 I’m concerned! The first few laps in Formula One must be really unbelievable, with a lighter, more powerful car that has just phenomenal cornering speeds. I’ll 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 Renault’s 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 car’s handling and my communication with the members of the team that will be gauged.

“I can’t wait. I’m going to have to take things one step at a time and be cautious. It’s a terrific opportunity to be able to take part in testing with a team as prestigious as Renault.”