Baguette hoping for F1 debut in Belgium
5 March 2010 – Bertrand Baguette admits that he would love to make his Formula 1 debut at his home Grand Prix in Belgium this year. The World Series by Renault Champion enjoyed F1 tests with both Renault and BMW at Jerez last December and is confident that the top of the motorsport ladder remains a realistic opportunity.
Having convincingly taken the title in Renault's World Series in 2009, Baguette is not contracted to an F1 team for this season but is still working hard to generate sufficient funds for a debut, should the situation arise.
"I'll go to the first Grand Prix in Bahrain in order to show my face to the team bosses," Baguette, who turned 24 last Tuesday, told The Netherlands' De Standaard. "I am convinced that, over the course of the year, seats will become available. With my Manager, Rick Gorne, I am working hard for a sufficient budget.
"Ideally, I will start at the Belgian Grand Prix on August 29 and then continue improving towards the end of the season; hopefully, then, Belgian companies will realise the impact my participation could have."
With several possibilities remaining for the upcoming season of racing, Bertrand knows what his personal preference is. "F1 remains my priority although alternatives are the IndyCar Series or Superleague Formula," he concluded. "I have to stay in shape, though, in order to be ready for when an F1 opportunity arises."