#33 Jack Doohan (AUS – Arden)
Qualifying 1: 6th – Race 1 Grid: 6th – Race 1 Result: 3rd
Reverse Race 2 Grid: 3rd – Race 2 Result: 4th
Qualifying 2nd time: 5th – Race 3 Grid 5th – Race 3 Result: 4th
British F4 Championship position: 5th – 62 points – after 6 of 30 races (1st Rookie)
#24 Dennis Hauger (NOR – Arden)
Qualifying 1: 3rd – Race 1 Grid: 3rd – Race 1 Result: 4th
Reverse Race 2 Grid: 2nd – Race 2 Result: 3rd
Qualifying 2nd time: 3rd – Race 3 Grid 3rd – Race 3 Result: 10th
British F4 Championship position: 6th – 51 points – after 6 of 30 races (2nd Rookie)
Clearly the top Rookies again, Dennis Hauger and Jack Doohan made everyone sit up and take notice at Donington over the second weekend of British F4 action. The two Red Bull Juniors dominated the Rookies podiums, each had a top three place overall with Hauger crossing the line first in Race 2.
The Arden drivers had real pace all weekend and 15-year-old Australian Doohan took a third and two fourths while 15-year-old Norwegian Hauger had fourth on Saturday and then drove a storming Race 2 on Sunday, crossing the line ahead only to be demoted to third by the stewards for exceeding track limits.
Stewards take Hauger's win
Add the loss of his maiden win to the disappointment of being pushed out of third in the last race and you can see why Hauger was less than thrilled. "The pace was there but it just wasn't our weekend. The team did what they could to protest the penalty but the officials were not listening, most people were exceeding the track limits but it seemed they were only watching the car in front."
"We had good speed and there are plenty of other races but this weekend should have been much better. Race 1 was OK with fourth but what happened after Race 2 is a real shame. Then in the last race I was running third until I got pushed out at the chicane."
"We got fastest lap in the last race as I was chasing back but that's really not much consolation. Still, we go on and hope for a bit more luck next time."
Doohan well content
"Yes it was a pretty good weekend," said Doohan. "Really enjoyed it, plenty of overtaking and consistent good finishes and points. Free practice started OK, in the second one we had some good pace on old tyres. Then qualifying was wet, I wasn't putting my laps together otherwise I would have been third instead of sixth."
"So in the first race I got a good start, then I was stuck a bit with the guy ahead defending. Then there was a safety car and I took advantage when that ended to get both Dennis and Patrik Pasma to take third."
"This morning's start wasn't so good, I almost stalled and got passed off the line, I spent the first couple of laps getting back and by then there was a big gap to the leaders, I closed on them but couldn't quite catch up for a podium."
"This afternoon I got a good start but then two cars spun in front of me, I had to go way wide and came back second to last. I made use of a couple of safety cars and made some moves to get in the battle for the podium, I did actually get up to third once but couldn't make it stick but it was a close race and another good results."