Dennis Hauger Secures Pole Position in Eventful Red Bull Ring Qualifying

Dennis Hauger Secures Pole Position in Eventful Red Bull Ring Qualifying

Dennis Hauger Secures Pole Position in Eventful Red Bull Ring Qualifying

MP Motorsport’s Dennis Hauger claimed his second pole of the season in a dramatic Formula 2 qualifying session at the Red Bull Ring, while early pacesetter Isack Hadjar faced reliability issues.

Hauger Edges Out Rivals

Hauger narrowly beat AIX Racing’s Joshua Duerksen by just 0.008 seconds to take the top spot. Virtuosi Racing’s Gabriel Bortoleto secured third, and Hitech GP’s points leader Paul Aron qualified fifth despite a late spin.

Early Drama

The session began with immediate drama in the pitlane as AIX’s Taylor Barnard stalled after being released in front of Aron, prompting an investigation by the stewards. Hauger initially set a benchmark of 1m16.412s, but Bortoleto quickly surpassed it. Aron then took the lead with a 1m16.039s, followed by Hadjar who clocked a 1m15.828s. As the session reached its midpoint, Hauger improved his personal best to hold third ahead of Bortoleto and ART Grand Prix’s Victor Martins.

Reliability Issues for Hadjar

Hadjar’s session was abruptly cut short due to a suspected engine failure, with smoke billowing from the rear of his Campos Racing car as he returned to the pitlane. This mishap relegated him to seventh in the final minutes.

Late Surges

On his second run, Hauger set a 1m15.487s to reclaim the top spot by 0.3 seconds over team-mate Franco Colapinto and Aron, who both made improvements. Bortoleto then reduced Hauger’s advantage to 0.114s before Duerksen pipped Bortoleto to second by a mere 0.003s. Despite going even faster on his final lap, Duerksen couldn’t clinch his maiden pole.

Colapinto ended the session in fourth, with Aron in fifth after spinning out at Turn Six while attempting to improve his time. Barnard climbed to sixth on his second run. Pepe Marti, disqualified from practice, was one spot behind his team-mate Hadjar in eighth. Prema’s Ollie Bearman took ninth, ahead of Virtuosi’s Kush Maini, who will start from reversed-grid pole in the sprint race.

Mixed Fortunes

Rodin Motorsport’s Zane Maloney, currently third in the standings, struggled throughout the session and will start both races from 20th position, marking a challenging start to his weekend.

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Track Timings

Here are the UK, and local times for each session, this weekend. The local time zone is Central European Summer Time (CEST).

Qualifying  – 30 minutes – 14:55 – 15:25 (UK), 15:55 – 16:25 (local)

Sprint Race – 28 Laps or 45 minutes + 1 lap – 12:30 – 13:45 (UK), 13:30 – 14:15 (local)

Feature Race – 40 Laps or 60 minutes + 1 lap – 10:00 – 11:00 (UK), 11:00 – 12:00 (local)

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