Dennis Hauger

Hauger axes the points gap in Italian F4 at the Red Bull Ring

#62 Dennis Hauger (NOR – Van Amersfoort Racing Tatuus F.4 T014 Abarth)
Qualifying 1: 6th – Race 1 Grid: 6th – Race 1 Result: 5th
Qualifying 2: 5th – Race 2 Grid: 5th – Race 2 Result: 1st
Qualifying 3 (2nd time): 5th – Race 3 Grid: 5th – Race 3 Result: 2nd
Italian F4 Championship position: 2nd – 165 points after 11 of 20 races

#17 Jonny Edgar (GBR – Jenzer Motorsport Tatuus F.4 T014 Abarth)
Qualifying 1: 10th – Race 1 Grid: 10th – Race 1 Result: 9th
Qualifying 2: 4th – Race 2 Grid: 4th – Race 2 Result: 7th
Qualifying 3 (2nd time): 10th – Race 3 Grid: 10th – Race 3 Result: 14th
Italian F4 Championship position: 13th – 31 points after 11 of 20 races

Fifth, first and second in the three Italian F4 races at the Red Bull Ring has taken Dennis Hauger to just 4 points off the championship lead heading into the second half of the Italian F4 season. The 16-year-old Norwegian has been quick all year but a more measured approach is paying off well.

Fellow Red Bull Junior Jonny Edgar also had another good weekend and the 15-year-old Briton topped the Rookie podium in Race 2.

Dennis Hauger had the racing all worked out

"Yes it is a very good weekend. We were 43 points behind coming here and now it is just 4," asserted the Van Amersfoort Racing driver.

"In Qualy 1 I just didn't get a lap in, everyone just seemed happy to mess up my lap and I just never had a clean run. In Qualy 2 it was more down to me, I didn't find the right rhythm," admitted Hauger who had been fastest in both Free Practice sessions.

"Then in Race 1 we had good pace but I was stuck behind a driver who was defending very aggressively and I knew that Petecof (points leader Gianluca Petecof) was well back so it was worth picking up the points and not taking a risk."

"In Race 2 I started 5th, got a mega start, soon up to P3 and then it started spitting with rain a bit. It was easy to make a mistake so I just waited and the others ahead did make mistakes so that I could take advantage and it worked out very well."

"In Race 3 I got another good start and went from 5th to 2nd. Then I was mostly just controlling things. I think the top six cars apart from me were on fresh tyres so I think I did quite well to manage the situation and keep second and take the points."

"So all in all a very good weekend, qualifying wasn't what we wanted but the races were."

Jonny Edgar gaining points and experience

"I think it was another good weekend," stated the Jenzer Motorsport driver. "We keep going forward and the car was definitely better than when we were here for the ADAC round."

"We can still improve and sometimes it just down't quite work out. Like in the first Qualy, I got traffic at the end when everyone was doing their best laps because the session had been so cold, so I missed out there."

"Second Qualy was better and I was fourth fastest which I was pleased with. In Race 2 I didn't get a great start and Dennis (Hauger) was very quick and got ahead of me. Then after the first restart I lost two places but managed to get one back, and after the second restart, I was trying to pass but I ran wide but I was still seventh and the best Rookie."

"In Race 3 I got up to ninth but after the restart, me and another car touched and I dropped back, lost a lot of places, dropped to 16th and then pushed and passed two cars but couldn't get higher than 14th, it is so hard to pass round here."