Former F1 test driver Bertrand Baguette has effectively closed the door on his brief stint in Formula 1, claiming to be no longer on the market for a seat in the category, and despite the apparent interest of several teams to run him in the season-ending young drivers’ test at Abu Dhabi.
The then 24-year-old Belgian won a test drive with the Renault F1 team by dint of winning the Formula Renault 3.5 championship title in 2009, and later tested for BMW Sauber.
But despite rumours linking him a possible race drive with Renault (a role that went to the better-funded Vitaly Petrov), Baguette was instead snapped up by Conquest Racing to compete in the US-based IndyCar series.
In fifteen races, he achieved a best finish of tenth (Kentucky) and finished 22nd in the overall Drivers’ Championship standings, one point behind Takuma Sato and the fourth-best rookie driver in the series.
Several teams were interested in evaluating Baguette’s
money services at Abu Dhabi, but it would seem that Baguette is quite happy with his current lot.
“I have received offers to participate in the upcoming test in Abu Dhabi, but I don’t care to spend our budget on a programme that I suspect will not lead to anything,” he told Belga news agency.
“Instead, I am focused on IndyCar, where I have the feeling I can build a career,” he added. “I don’t want to spend any more of my time looking for an opening in F1, where a driver who has proved himself in the lower categories is not given a chance.”
[Original image via AUTOSPORT]