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Renault names trio for Jerez young driver test

Bertrand Baguette, Ho-Pin Tung and Lucas Di Grassi to test for the Renault F1 team at Jerez next week.
The Renault F1 Team has confirmed that Bertrand Baguette, Ho-Pin Tung and Lucas Di Grassi will share driving duties at the young driver test, which will take place at Jerez from December 1-3.

The provisional schedule will see 23-year-old Belgian driver, Baguette, get behind the wheel of the R29 on Tuesday December 1 as his prize for winning the World Series by Renault 3.5 category. This will be Baguette's first chance to sample F1 power and an opportunity to complete representative mileage as the team evaluates up and coming young drivers.

The team will also evaluate young Chinese prospect, Tung, who has previously tested for Williams.

Meanwhile Renault's third driver, Lucas Di Grassi, will have the chance to complete further F1 mileage as he drives the R29 for the first time.

"Testing is so restricted nowadays, but this young driver test is the perfect opportunity for us to assess rising stars such as Bertrand, Ho-Pin and Lucas," said team boss, Bob Bell. "All these drivers have shown great promise and we look forward to seeing what they are capable of as we complete our test programme for the year."

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November 28, 2009 12:22 AM

I'd forgotten all about Tung. What's he doing there? di Grassi is off to Manor, it will be confirmed soon. Baguette should get the third driver role I reckon. If Renault stick around. If they don't, the only French involvement in F1 will be f###ing Todt :(


November 27, 2009 6:45 PM

Good to see a Dutch driver added to the schedule (Ho-pin has Dutch parents, but the Chinese pasport obviously opens the door to some sponsor yuans). Don't think he's really F1 material though...He won formula BMW Asia and German F3 years ago but didn't perform in GP2 (albeit with some crappy teams, 1st BCN and 2nd year alongside Conway at Trident). His performance in A1 and Superformula didn't exactly signal any exceptional talent either...But Chinese roots and cash might go a long way with some of the new teams.

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