Hauger tops disrupted Practice in Saudi Arabia ahead of Maini and Martins

Hauger tops disrupted Practice in Saudi Arabia ahead of Maini and Martins

Dennis Hauger Formula 2 MP Motorsport Jeddah 2024

MP Motorsport driver Dennis Hauger topped a disrupted practice session in Saudi Arabia ahead of Kush Maini.

Alpine junior Victor Martins set the third-quickest time and had a clean session after a mediocre outing in Bahrain.

Oliver Bearman finished fourth in a much-improved session for PREMA as Jak Crawford rounded out the top five.

Formula 2 got underway at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit in Saudi Arabia with a 45-minute Practice session.

Franco Colapinto topped the timesheets 10 minutes into the session for MP Motorsport with a 1:51.403.

A flurry of drivers quickly usurped the Argentinian as the track continued to rubber in early in the weekend.

Zak O’Sullivan momentarily lost control of his ART at Turn 16 and drove through the runoff area before rejoining the track.

Rodin Motorsport’s Zane Maloney drove to a 1:45.811, going three-tenths quicker than Kush Maini, with Bearman further back in third.

With just over half an hour remaining, both Colapinto and Kimi Antonelli had lap times deleted for track limit infringements.

Enzo Fittipaldi went to the top of the timesheets before being beaten by Norwegian Hauger.

Moments later, the red flags were deployed as Rafael Villagomez clattered the wall at Turn 14, breaking his Van Amersfoort’s suspension and ending his session.

During the red flag period, Hauger held the quickest time ahead of Fittipaldi and Maloney as all 22 drivers ran the harder, yellow-striped medium compound tyre.

After Villagomez’s car was cleared, the session resumed with 18 minutes to go.

A flurry of cars joined the 27-turn circuit to compensate for lost time in the weekend’s only Formula 2 Practice session.

Bearman bounced over the kerb at Turn 4 before running wide later on in the lap as he got back up to speed after the red flag.

Hauger lowered the bar once more and became the first driver to break the 1:45 barrier in the session, setting a 1:44.990.

Frenchman Martins improved to second place, just tenth slower than Hauger, after a challenging opening round in Bahrain, according to his lofty standards.

Isack Hadjar remained in the pit lane as the Campos Racing team removed the engine cover from his number 20 car.

Super Formula champion Ritomo Miyata improved to 12th place as Antonelli broke into the top 10, setting the 10th quickest time of the session.

Juan Manuel Correa sat in fourth place and improved to third with five minutes to go for DAMS.

The American driver sat two-tenths away from Hauger as the Norwegian explored the limits of grip at Turn 1, running wide over the runoff area.

Martins set the quickest time of the session with a minute to go before Hauger returned to the top spot in Jeddah.

Maini bested Martins’ effort to finish second after the chequered flag dropped at the end of a highly competitive session.

Image: MP Motorsport

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Dennis Hauger Formula 2 MP Motorsport Jeddah 2024