Dennis Hauger

Hauger fastest at the Nürburgring in ADAC F4

#62 Dennis Hauger (NOR – Van Amersfoort Racing Tatuus F.4 T014 Abarth)
Qualifying 1: 1st – Race 1 Grid: 1st – Race 1 Result: DNF Technical/incident
Qualifying 2: 2nd – Race 2 Grid: 2nd – Race 2 Result: 5th
Race 3 Grid reverse of R2 top 8 result: 4th – Race 3 Result: 2nd
ADAC F4 Championship position: 5th – 121 points – after 14 of 20 races

Dennis Hauger set about dominating the ADAC F4 weekend at the Nurburgring and was fastest in both Free Practice sessions and the first Qualifying. P2 in Q2 by just over a tenth was hardly a serious failing and the Red Bull Junior was clearly the man to beat.

The 16-year-old Norwegian was robbed of a win in Race 1. He had started superbly and looked well in command but then ran over a front wing end plate from another car lying in the track and it hit his side pod, knocking off an electrical connection, his Van Amersfoort Racing Tatuus rolled to a halt.

Race 2 was wet, he started well again, stole the lead briefly and was then a good second but spun in the slippery conditions, kept on the tarmac but dropped to fifth where he finished.

Race 3 was even wetter and started under the safety car. Strong moves by Hauger on the first clear lap moved him from fourth to second. He defended that position well and a couple of late safety car periods might have given him a chance of the win but the second ended the race with Hauger still P2.

Hager looking for a touch of luck and wet pace

"Overall we were good on speed, that showed in Free Practice and Qualifying, it just didn't show in the results. We struggled for pace in the wet, that showed in Race 2, tyre pressures, set-up. I was well quicker than any of my team mates but we didn't have the pace of some others. As the track dried we were there but it was a bit late by then. It was the same as we found at Zandvoort, we just had a problem in the wet."

"So in the last race, for the wet we tried things quite a bit different and we were closer, it was a step in the right direction and I could run with the leader. If we could have had a lap after the safety car I think I could have had a go for the win but at least we had good points from that race and a couple of the others missed out so that felt almost like a win after what happened in Race 1 and 2."

"Race 1 really hurt, that should have been maximum points but the end plate was lying on the track after a short uphill section and I couldn't see it, ran over it and it hit the power box, knocked the connection off so I couldn't restart, unbelievable bad luck. Pretty tough to take after the way things were going in Free Practice and Qualifying. Still that's it, we go forward."