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ADAC Formel 4

Hauger fastest but penalised into a single ADAC F4 win at the Red Bull Ring

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: 14th (penalty)
Race 3 Grid reverse of R2 top 8 result: 14th – Race 3 Result: 21st
ADAC F4 Championship position: 9th – 40 points – after 6 of 21 races

#23 Jonny Edgar (GBR – Jenzer Motorsport Tatuus F.4 T014 Abarth)
Qualifying 1: 18th – Race 1 Grid: 18th – Race 1 Result: 14th
Qualifying 2: 14th – Race 2 Grid: 14th – Race 2 Result: DNF (damage)
Race 3 Grid reverse of R2 top 8 result: 22nd – Race 3 Result: 11th
ADAC F4 Championship position: 2oth – 0 points – after 6 of 21 races (contesting selected events)

No one could match Dennis Hauger for speed at the Red Bull Ring throughout the ADAC F4 weekend. The 16-year-old Norwegian and his Van Amersfoort Racing Tatuus Abarth were in a class of their own. What should have been three straight wins for the Red Bull Junior and the championship lead eroded into a single win and 9th in the points table thanks to a single yellow flag infringement in Race 2.

Fellow Red Bull Junior Jonny Edgar was using this ADAC outing as extra practice and development time in his Jenzer Motorsport car. So the 15-year-old Briton was please with progress and a great drive from 22nd to 11th in Race 3. He will take the improvements into his Italian F4 campaign where he is contesting the full series.

Dennis Hauger lost 30 seconds by gaining 2 – 100ths

"I should have come away with thirty more points than I did, double pole, winning Race 1, crossing the line first in Race 2," explained Hauger. "But I was penalised because my sector time under a yellow flag was 2 – 100ths quicker than my other best. But that was just because I got a slipstream on the straight from the guy I was lapping."

"So I was penalised 30 seconds, that dropped me to P14 for Race 2 and that is where I started Race 3. The pace was good again this afternoon. I got through to challenge for the lead but on the exit of turn 2 we collided and I got a puncture. I don't want to say too much about it because I haven't seen the replay but I feel it wasn't to blame."

"A shame because the weekend could have been perfect, Still I know that the pace is there and its a long season so I'll keep my head up and go on."

Jonny Edgar makes full use of his racing test weekend

"It was good in the last race, I really enjoyed it," enthused Edgar. "In the early laps I passed quite a few cars, then we had a few safety car periods and I was trying to pass people after those so it was quite good."

"It was a shame about Race 2 because I got hit and got some front wing damage and rear suspension damage so I had to pull in. That is why we started at the back for Race 3."

"We were using this weekend more as testing, to improve the car for the Italian series really. So we did a lot of work, changed the car all through practice and from race to race. I think it worked quite well, we have the car working better through the fast corners now plus we picked up some speed on the straights so it was a good weekend."

"Plus of course I am learning more about the car and improving my driving, just improving overall really," he concluded.