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Formula 4 Italian

Hauger's record smashing Monza triple win in Italian F4

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: 3rd – Race 2 Grid: 2nd – Race 2 Result: 1st
Qualifying 3 (2nd time): 2nd – Race 3 Grid: 2nd – Race 3 Result: 1st
Italian F4 Championship position: 1st – 369 points after 21 of 21 races

#17 Jonny Edgar (GBR – Jenzer Motorsport Tatuus F.4 T014 Abarth)
Qualifying 1: 7th – Race 1 Grid: 7th – Race 1 Result: DNF
Qualifying 2: 1st – Race 2 Grid: 1st – Race 2 Result: 8th
Qualifying 3 (2nd time): 1st – Race 3 Grid: 1st – Race 3 Result: 9th
Italian F4 Championship position: 10th – 97 points after 21 of 21 races

A Monza victory hat-trick for Dennis Hauger obliterated the record for number of Italian F4 wins in a season. The 16-year-old Norwegian had already won the Championship but the Red Bull Junior carried his incredible pace through the soaking wet season finale.

Jonny Edgar was also in great form and took pole for Races 2 and 3 but was bullied out of a podium finish in Race 3 and wheelspin off the line in Race 2 had cost him his grid advantage.

Hauger takes everything

"That's a great way to end the season," stated the champion. "One of the main things coming to Monza was to take the Team Championship and we did that, a big thanks to the Van Amersfoort guys who have been fantastic all year."

"The week went pretty well all the way, we already had good pace at Wednesday's test then in Free Practice on Friday we did some more testing and got things sorted out for Qualifying."

"In Q1 we were quickest, in Q2 I ran on my own and at the end a couple of guys got some good slipstreaming going so they had better times but at Monza you can see everyone's section times and we knew that I was quickest everywhere except the straights. So I was pretty confident going into the races."

"The races were all wet but I had a good set-up and rhythm going, there were a few Safety Cars and restarts but they went OK. It took a while to get into the lead in Race 3 but I managed to get past Jonny (Edgar) going into the Parabolica and then got away to make it three wins."

"It feels pretty special to finish the season like that and take the record for the number of wins in the season," concluded Hauger who took that record with his Race 1 victory then extended it to 12, eclipsing the previous record of 9.

Edgar with speed and progress

"It was a good weekend especially in the dry where I got the double pole but we didn't quite have the same pace in the wet. A lot of the drivers do the German Championship as well and had a lot more wet track time this season. Still I got better through the three races and the first half of Race 3 was good, I was happy with the way I defended."

"I kept the lead through the first Safety Car restart by accelerating once I got out of the last corner but then Race Control told my team and my engineer radioed me that I had to go earlier. I knew that was tricky and that allowed Dennis (Hauger) to get close to me."

"After Dennis got past, another car got ahead but went off as he did so, when he came back on I had to back off the throttle and another couple got through. I kept fighting but then another car understeered into me and spun us around, so I dropped back a few more places."

"In Race 1 I had contact which bent the steering so I couldn't finish. Race 2 was my first wet start and we hadn't practiced because most wet starts are done behind the Safety Car which they did for Race 3. So in Race 2 I got wheelspin and lost a few places, got a couple back but didn't have the pace to hang on to them."

"Overall though I am quite please with the progress and I learnt a lot about racing in the rain this weekend," concluded the Jenzer Motorsport driver.