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Dennis Hauger enjoys his Euroformula Open debut at Silverstone

Dennis Hauger

#30 Dennis Hauger (NOR – Motopark Volkswagen Dallara F317)
Qualifying 1: 6th – Race 1 Grid: 6th – Race 1 Result: 6th
Qualifying 2: 3rd – Race 2 Grid: 3rd – Race 2 Result: 5th
Debut in the Euroformula Open Championship

Having his first outing in Euroformula Open car, Dennis Hauger acquitted himself very well at Silverstone. Just as you would expect from the 16-year-old Norwegian Red Bull Junior who came straight from a brilliant Italian F4 weekend in Imola.

"I think I learnt a lot and in the end the pace was there. So overall I'm happy that I made the most of it and learnt a lot. It was a cool weekend."

"Coming into it I hadn't driven the car since I did a test last year and that was on different tyres so I knew I had a lot to learn. In FP1 and 2 I was just getting the feel of the car and the track, taking it easy, a lot of new things. I think I was 7th or 8th, about 7 tenths behind," said Hauger who was indeed 0.715 seconds off the fastest time.

"Then in Q1 I had new Michelins for the first time, they peak very early so you have to learn how to make use of that with your push lap. P6 was not great but OK for the first time."

"Then in the race I found running in dirty air more difficult than I expected, at high speed and on the brakes so that took a bit of getting used to."

"In second Qualifying this morning I was P2 on the first run and P3 on the second. I think I could have finished P2 but at the end we only got one push lap and a guy tried to overtake me at the first corner and that cost a bit but still it was a decent run."

"In today's race I started with oversteer in the fast sections and I struggled with the car through the fast corners. I lost a bit of confidence in those sections and got passed. Later in the race the balance came back, I got more confident and was one of the fastest," explained the Motopark driver who was indeed the second fastest in Race 2, just 0.094 off the fastest time. "It just came a bit late to make up the places but I was happy that the pace was there."