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Formula 4 Italian

Dennis Hauger on top of Italian F4 at the Hungaroring

Dennis Hauger

#62 Dennis Hauger (NOR – Van Amersfoort Racing Tatuus F.4 T014 Abarth)
Qualifying 1: 1st – Race 1 Grid: 1st – Race 1 Result: 1st
Qualifying 2: 1st – Race 2 Grid: 1st – Race 2 Result: 1st
Qualifying 3 (2nd time): 1st – Race 3 Grid: 1st – Race 3 Result: 2nd
Italian F4 Championship position: 2nd – 112 points after 8 of 20 races

#17 Jonny Edgar (GBR – Jenzer Motorsport Tatuus F.4 T014 Abarth)
Qualifying 1: 14th – Race 1 Grid: 14th – Race 1 Result: 21st (penalty)
Qualifying 2: 5th – Race 2 Grid: 4th – Race 2 Result: 5th
Qualifying 3 (2nd time): 6th – Race 3 Grid: 6th – Race 3 Result: 7th
Italian F4 Championship position: 11th – 23 points after 8 of 20 races

Red Bull Juniors Dennis Hauger and Jonny Edgar were both pleased with a great weekend of Italian F4 action at the Hungaroring. Hauger, the 16-year-old Norwegian, was clearly the man of the meeting with two wins and a very close second after being quickest all the way through practice and qualifying.

The much less experienced Edgar took a good step forward in the Jenzer Motorsport car and the 15-year-old Briton was justifiably satisfied.

Dennis Hauger fastest

"Almost a perfect weekend," said Hauger. "Things went well right from the start, in Qualifying I think we managed to put all the sectors together and make the lap work and the other's didn't. That was what made the difference. They had one or two good sectors but not a complete lap. So we got pole for all three races."

"We changed the car a bit for the races so that it would manage the tyres better," explained the Van Amersfoort Racing driver.

"The first two races went to plan, there were safety cars but I managed to keep my cool and rebuild the lead each time."

"Then in Race 3 again I made a good start and had a three second lead on lap one while the points leader got a terrible start and dropped to P30 so that was going to be good for me. But then there was a red flag and a restart."

"This time the start didn't go well I almost stalled, just caught the clutch before the engine stopped but was P6 off the line. Into turn 2 the cars ahead were bumping a bit and I went for the inside and made up a lot of places so I was quite quickly into P2."

"I caught the leader but was struggling with understeer every time I got close, I tried but it just wasn't possible. Then on the last lap it started to rain. I got alongside him in sector 2 but he looked like he would turn in on me so I backed out of it, thinking that it was better to get the points than have a crash."

"So we closed the points gap this weekend, that's what I needed to do. A good weekend," concluded Hauger.

Jonny Edgar getting faster

"It was definitely the best weekend of the year so far, I'm very happy with it," smiled Edgar. "Of course I am learning a lot every time we go out. The team didn't change the car much all weekend, just a little bit of wing or something where we needed it."

"Free practice was good, I was running 5th. Then Qualy 1 didn't go quite the way we wanted, I went out and caught too many cars so was only 14th."

"Q2 was better, we went out into some space so I was P5 for Race 2 and then just got held up a little for the second quickest lap so P6."

"In Race 1 I got a bad start and dropped back to 17th but then worked my way back up to 11th which I was happy with because it is so hard to pass here. I then got penalised for not slowing in a sector with a yellow flag. But it was early in the race and there are a lot of corners in that sector and I hadn't had a clear run through them at all the laps before."

"So even though I slowed down really a lot for the yellow flag I'd improved my time through the previous corners so the sector time was too quick. I know the rules are the rules but it was a bit unlucky."

"Race 2 two wasn't bad but I got passed early by one car and then we all got a bit stuck in place for the rest of the race,"

"In Race 3 there was a bit more going on in the early corners and I got off on the astroturf and lost a few places, dropped back to 9th or 10th but managed to get back up to 7th," concluded the youngster in his first formula season.