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Baguette bags Monaco top five
28 May 2008
Bertrand Baguette has moved his way up to seventh in the World Series by Renault standings after finishing fifth in the season's most prestigious event at Monaco.
Looking to build upon his maiden victory at Spa-Francorchamps, Baguette coped well with the damp conditions that afflicted his qualifying group, the Belgian setting a time good enough for sixth on the grid.
Although the combination of wet conditions and a safety-car led start all but destroyed any chances of him making a substantial move up the order in the race, Baguette did at least have the honour of being the only driver inside the top ten to change positions.
However, while that move for fifth on Mikhail Aleshin was as high as he would get, the Draco Racing team were nonetheless pleased with his performance.
"An anomalous weekend as so often happens at this circuit,” said team boss Nadia Morini. “The blockage before the end of qualifying certainly damaged our drivers, who had not had time to try a fast lap
“The race today was marked by the presence on the track of the safety-car, thus limiting still further the chances to overtake. Baguette had no way to seek the victory, even though we were satisfied with his driving.”
Team-mate Marco Barba suffered an awful weekend, qualifying down in 18th place before being involved in a race ending shunt with Mario Romancini and Pasquale di Sabatino.