Austrian weekend “could have been more” for Hauger

Austrian weekend “could have been more” for Hauger

PREMA Racing driver Dennis Hauger was unhappy with his weekend in Spielberg for Round 8 of the 2022 FIA Formula 2 Championship.

The Norwegian finished ninth in the Sprint Race and fourth in the wet-dry Feature Race, after penalties, were handed to Richard Verschoor and Jehan Daruvala.

“We got some points which was the main goal but (I’m) not really happy because it could have been more,” the 19-year-old said.

The Red Bull Junior Team driver bemoaned a slow pit stop in the Feature Race, where he had followed eventual second-placed driver Roberto Mehri into the pit lane.

“That made it a bit hard, I think we did a decent job in the beginning but we then struggled a bit on the medium [tyre],” Hauger explained.

Hauger’s weekend did not get off to a great start, as he qualified 15th, as PREMA struggled for pace, but the teenager was still happy with his recovery drive in the Sprint Race.

“I got a decent start,” the reigning Formula 3 champion said, “I could have committed a bit more in T3, but other than that, it felt like a decent race.”

The up and down weekend follows the trend of Hauger’s rookie F2 season, which has seen the Norwegian win two races but also fail to find the points-scoring positions regularly.

Hauger leaves the Red Bull Ring equal seventh in the drivers’ standings with Jüri Vips of Hitech GP on 67-points, the PREMA driver ahead by virtue of his two victories.

Image: PREMA Racing

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