Can anyone stop Dennis Hauger from becoming the 2021 FIA Formula 3 champion? The 18-year-old Norwegian Prema driver is an amazing 63 points clear from his nearest rival Jack Doohan after just four rounds. This is how his weekend went.
One of Hauger’s main weapons this season (aside from being part of the successful Prema team) has been his consistency. Just once he has finished outside of the points. Another one of his strong suits is qualifying. He’s the only driver with more than one pole position.
His qualifying at the Hungaroring admittedly could have been better, he admits though. “Overall it’s been a pretty good weekend, also points wise. Qualifying was a bit messy as I couldn’t get my engine started in the middle of the session for the last stint. So we just had to go for one lap right at the end there and I don’t think the track was at it’s quickest. We had the pace for Pole but second was quite good.”
No one on the current grid has been as good as limiting the damage from reverse grids as Hauger. “Race 1 and 2 was trying to gain as many points as possible but limit the risk. I had some fun in those races and some good moves, especially in Turn 1 around the outside a couple of times and also round the outside of 5. The deg was quite high compared to other tracks so I gained a bit by taking care early on, played it a bit smart there.”
In the Feature Race, where the most points are dished out (25), the Red Bull Junior started from second. “So 5th in Race 1 and 2 and then Race 3 today (Sunday, ed.) it suddenly started raining quite a lot before the race but then dried quite a lot really quickly mid race, certainly there were dry lines.
“That made it quite interesting and I think I found some good lines before the others and that allowed me to get through to P1 and after that I was trying to save a bit and just keep it clean and smooth and not do anything stupid.
“In the end I’m really happy with the win at the end of the weekend and some really good points for the championship. A positive weekend for sure.”
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