Pic wins as Baguette seals title

Pic wins as Baguette seals title

20 September 2009 – France's Charles Pic led home team-mate Brendon Hartley by just over a second to confirm a strong one-two finish for the Tech 1 team in the second race of the weekend at the Nürburgring. Man of the weekend is Belgium's Bertrand Baguette, though, as fifth place confirmed the 2009 title for the Draco driver.

For this second race of the weekend, which was potentially the decider for the title, Brendon Hartley lined up in pole position for the first time this season while baguette started from seventh place. In the International Draco Racing pit the calculators were out, as out on the starting grid Baguette was as good as champion.

Charles Pic got the best start when the lights changed, taking the lead ahead of teammate Brendon Hartley and Comtec Racing's Jon Lancaster. Baguette was overtaken on the first bend, slipping back to ninth place, but succeded on lap two in overtaking P1 Motorsport's Daniil Move at the end of the start-finish straight to claim eighth. At that point, Baguette's hopes for supremacy were fading.

As usual when leading a race, Pic's performance was solid and he began to build a lead over the duo of Hartley and Lancaster. Fourth, Fauzy was lapping in the group consisting of P1 Motorsport's James Walker and Comtec Racing's Jon Martin. Behind them Baguette overtook Carlin Motorsport's Oliver Turvey, to reclaim 7th place, and revive his hopes of being crowned Champion. Throwing caution to the wind, he overtook John Martin on the following lap to take 6th, not far behind Fairuz Fauzy and James Walker.

Fauzy and Walker were the first to enter the pits for their mandatory stop. Meanwhile, the two Tech 1 Racing cars continued to step up the pace in order to capitalize on their lead. One by one, the other drivers began to make their stops. Hartley and Baguette were among the last to pull in for their tyre-change, although Charles Pic waited a further two laps before he pulled in. Jon Lancaster adopted an offensive strategy and stayed out for as long as possible, racking up fastest laps.

With the pit-stops complete, Pic led the race by a comfortable margin ahead of Hartley. Jon Lancaster was still third ahead of Fairuz Fauzy, James Walker and Bertrand Baguette. Pic and Hartley had total control of the race and gave Tech 1 Racing it first one-two of the season. With a podium finish within reach, Jon Lancaster ground to a halt on the side of the track due to an electrical problem, his third place going to Fairuz Fauzy. All eyes were now on Bertrand Baguette. In fifth place, the Belgian had been handed the title of 2009 Formula Renault 3.5 Champion.

"It's been a tough weekend, with a lot of pressure", said the driver from Belgium. "At the start, I had trouble finding the pace. I lost a few places, but I decided not to give it too much thought and just get stuck in. It's my first international title, which is great. I can go to Motorland Aragon without any pressure, just to win more races. We're working on entering F1 next season. That's my goal."

related

Comments

Latest News
Full
Compact

  1. Sunday 28 August 2016

  2. 17:43

    F1 photos: Sunday at Spa-Francorchamps

    F1
  3. Magnussen 'will be ready' for Italian GP 17:41

    Magnussen 'will be ready' for Italian GP

    Renault's Kevin Magnussen says he will be fit to compete at next weekend's Italian Grand Prix after a frightening accident at…

    F1
  4. Alonso: Spa showing was 'unthinkable' 17:32

    Alonso: Spa showing was 'unthinkable'

    Fernando Alonso says McLaren-Honda's performance at the Belgian Grand Prix, which yielded a Q3 appearance and points, was…

    F1
  5. Hülkenberg hails 'massive' Force India result 17:04

    Hülkenberg hails 'massive' Force India result

    Nico Hülkenberg lauded a "massive" result for Force India as the team moved above Williams in the scrap for fourth position in…

    F1
  6. Vettel plans to talk to Verstappen over conduct 17:03

    Vettel plans to talk to Verstappen over conduct

    Sebastian Vettel says that he is planning to speak with Max Verstappen over his driving standards when the dust has settled on a…

    F1
  7. Räikkönen: Verstappen actions 'not correct' 16:21

    Räikkönen: Verstappen actions 'not correct'

    Kimi Räikkönen feels that Max Verstappen's driving was "not correct" after the pair went wheel-to-wheel during the Belgian…

    F1
  8. Verstappen unhappy with Ferrari drivers 15:57

    Verstappen unhappy with Ferrari drivers

    Red Bull driver Max Verstappen labelled Sebastian Vettel as "illogical" and rebuked criticism from Kimi Räikkönen, following…

    F1
  9. Hamilton surprised at podium from back row 15:45

    Hamilton surprised at podium from back row

    Lewis Hamilton says third position at the Belgian Grand Prix exceeded his expectations as he moved forward from the back row of…

    F1
  10. Ricciardo: Red Bull achieved maximum result 15:32

    Ricciardo: Red Bull achieved maximum result

    Daniel Ricciardo reckons Red Bull achieved the maximum result possible as he secured second position at the Belgian Grand…

    F1
  11. Rosberg says he had race 'under control' 15:25

    Rosberg says he had race 'under control'

    Nico Rosberg says he had everything "under control" as he cruised to victory at the Belgian Grand Prix, his sixth triumph of the…

    F1
  12. 14:55

    In full: 2016 Belgian Grand Prix race result

    F1
  13. Rosberg wins dramatic Belgian Grand Prix 14:51

    Rosberg wins dramatic Belgian Grand Prix

    Nico Rosberg triumphed in an incident-packed Belgian Grand Prix, which was split in two after a heavy crash for Kevin Magnussen…

    F1
  14. Magnussen taken to hospital with ankle cut 14:26

    Magnussen taken to hospital with ankle cut

    Kevin Magnussen has been transported to hospital for routine checks after sustaining an ankle injury during a high-speed crash…

    F1
  15. Belgian GP halted after Magnussen crash 13:31

    Belgian GP halted after Magnussen crash

    Sunday afternoon's Belgian Grand Prix has been suspended after 10 laps following an enormous accident for Renault driver Kevin…

    F1
  16. 12:42

    Follow the 2016 Belgian Grand Prix live!

    F1
  17. 12:22

    Revised starting grid for the Belgian GP

    F1
  18. Mercedes breaks seal on Hamilton's gearbox 12:16

    Mercedes breaks seal on Hamilton's gearbox

    Mercedes has broken an FIA seal on Lewis Hamilton's gearbox ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix, in a move that will enable him to…

    F1
  19. 10:14

    GP2 photos: Sunday at Spa-Francorchamps

    GP2
  20. Giovinazzi beats Malja to victory in Belgium 10:12

    Giovinazzi beats Malja to victory in Belgium

    Antonio Giovinazzi claimed his third GP2 victory of the season as he passes Gustav Malja mid-distance during the Sprint Race at…

    GP2
  21. Honda confirms 60-place penalty for Alonso 09:58

    Honda confirms 60-place penalty for Alonso

    McLaren engine supplier Honda has confirmed that Fernando Alonso will take a 60-place penalty for Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix…

    F1
  22. 09:01

    GP3 photos: Sunday at Spa-Francorchamps

    GP3
  23. Aitken takes maiden GP3 victory at Spa 08:58

    Aitken takes maiden GP3 victory at Spa

    Renault youngster Jack Aitken secured his maiden GP3 victory during a race punctuated by Safety Car periods at…

    GP3
  24. Steiner: Gutiérrez grid penalty 'very unfair' 08:42

    Steiner: Gutiérrez grid penalty 'very unfair'

    Haas team boss Guenther Steiner has labelled Esteban Gutiérrez's grid penalty for the Belgian Grand Prix as "very unfair…

    F1
  25. Hamilton prefers grid over pit lane start 08:33

    Hamilton prefers grid over pit lane start

    Formula 1 championship leader Lewis Hamilton says he was always eager to start the Belgian Grand Prix from the grid, rather than…

    F1
  26. Software issue hurt Williams in qualifying 07:22

    Software issue hurt Williams in qualifying

    Williams has confirmed that both Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa were hampered by a software problem on their power units…

    F1
  27. Video of the Day: Ricciardo in Los Angeles 05:04

    Video of the Day: Ricciardo in Los Angeles

    Daniel Ricciardo, along with a close group of friends, visits Los Angeles to experience its car culture.

    F1
  28. 04:34

    IndyCar photos: Saturday's Firestone 600

    Indy
  29. Rahal steals Texas victory from Hinchcliffe 04:32

    Rahal steals Texas victory from Hinchcliffe

    Graham Rahal will be credited with leading one lap in a race that spanned two months, but he led the lap that matters most…

    Indy
  30. Saturday 27 August 2016

  31. 17:38

    F1 photos: Saturday at Spa-Francorchamps

    F1
  32. Pérez: Force India maximised qualifying 17:36

    Pérez: Force India maximised qualifying

    Sergio Pérez reckons Force India maximised its potential by claiming sixth and seventh on the grid for the Belgian Grand…

    F1
  33. 17:08

    GP3 photos: Saturday at Spa-Francorchamps

    GP3
  34. Leclerc controls GP3 opener in Belgium 17:06

    Leclerc controls GP3 opener in Belgium

    Ferrari protégé Charles Leclerc claimed his third GP3 Series victory of the season after dominating proceedings at…

    GP3
  35. Ricciardo 'not too disappointed' with qualifying 16:56

    Ricciardo 'not too disappointed' with qualifying

    Daniel Ricciardo says he is "not too disappointed" with his fifth-place grid slot in Belgium, given this weekend's precarious…

    F1
  36. Button: Q2 lap as good as 2012 pole run 15:50

    Button: Q2 lap as good as 2012 pole run

    Jenson Button reckons the lap he posted to reach the final phase of qualifying in Belgium was as good as his run to pole…

    F1
  37. 15:48

    GP2 photos: Saturday at Spa-Francorchamps

    GP2
  38. Gasly extends advantage with third GP2 victory 15:46

    Gasly extends advantage with third GP2 victory

    Pierre Gasly moved into a 23-point advantage in the GP2 Series as he cruised to his third victory of the season at…

    GP2
  39. Hamilton: Spa 'worst time' to take penalties 15:17

    Hamilton: Spa 'worst time' to take penalties

    Lewis Hamilton says the Belgian Grand Prix has proven to be the "worst time" to take his engine-related grid penalties, given…

    F1
  40. Räikkönen felt pole position was possible 15:03

    Räikkönen felt pole position was possible

    Kimi Räikkönen felt that pole position was within his and Ferrari's reach at the Belgian Grand Prix, after finishing within…

    F1
  41. Verstappen: Red Bull can be 'very pleased' 14:42

    Verstappen: Red Bull can be 'very pleased'

    Max Verstappen reckons Red Bull can be "very pleased" with its efforts during qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix, as he…

    F1
  42. Rosberg relieved by pole on 'difficult weekend' 14:32

    Rosberg relieved by pole on 'difficult weekend'

    Nico Rosberg expressed his relief as he collected pole position for the sixth time this season despite enduring a "difficult…

    F1
more news