Pressemelding: Hauger klar for Imola

Dennis Hauger kjører denne helgen to Formel 2-løp på Imola-banen i Italia. Les mer i denne pressemeldingen på engelsk fra Red Bull Junior Team.

#5 Liam Lawson (NZL – Carlin Dallara Mecachrome)
Championship position: 2nd – 34 points – after 4 of 26 races


#8 Jüri Vips (EST – Hitech Dallara Mecachrome)
FIA F2 Championship position: 4th – 28 points – after 4 of 26 races


#2 Jehan Daruvala (IND – Prema Dallara Mecachrome)
Championship position: 6th – 25 points – after 4 of 26 races


#17 Ayumu Iwasa (JAP – DAMS Dallara Mecachrome)
FIA F2 Championship position: 10th – 10 points – after 4 of 26 races


#1 Dennis Hauger (NOR – Prema Dallara Mecachrome)
Championship position: 12th – 8 points – after 4 of 26 races

The first four races of the F2 season showed that the Red Bull Juniors are not short of pace. Liam Lawson, Jüri Vips and Jehan Daruvala have all been on the podium. Series newcomers Ayumu Iwasa and Dennis Hauger are heading in the right direction.


With the battle for the points lead already intense it’s victories that will count in Imola and the Barcelona test allowed everyone to prepare.


Lawson looking for a classic weekend


“The test was good,” states the 20-year-old New Zealander. “It will be quite a bit different when we go back there as the test was quite cool and it should be a lot warmer when we race in Barcelona. So if the temperature is as high as expected there will still be a bit of estimating to do as far a the settings go but it was still a very useful test.”


“I would say it was all pretty good, the short run pace was good, so was the long run pace. There are always things you can improve on but that is what testing’s for and I was happy with the three days.”

“I’ve never been to Imola before but I am super excited to go there. It’s a very good track, a lot of history and a layout that has developed in the last ten years to something that is very very cool.”

“I’m excited to go there. As for expectations… I think we know that we are in good shape with the car, we are competitive so I am looking to score well both on Saturday and Sunday.”


Vips recovered and ready to capitalise


“I was pretty ill when I came back from Australia,” admitted the 21-year-old Estonian. “So the Barcelona test was quite difficult physically for me but otherwise it was great, we got a lot of answers to stuff we wanted to try.”


“I am really looking forward to imola, it’s such a legendary track and I was very jealous of the F1 drivers that got to race there in the last couple of years.”

“We had strong first two race weekends but we haven’t capitalised on the speed we have had. For this weekend we’re just looking to put everything together both from mine and the team’s side. That is what will give us the results we deserve.”

“The weather is also looking very up and down which should mix things up.”


Daruvala ready for home success

“Obviously Imola is a new track for everyone in F2,” explained the 23-year-old Indian. “So I am really looking forward to the new challenge.”

“It’s a home track for Prema, they are an Italian team so it is a home race for them and we are looking to be strong and do well.”

“In the last two weekends we had some problems in Qualifying, once they are sorted I am confident that we have the pace to be at the front.”

“We tried some things in Barcelona, normal testing stuff, some performance things on short runs, some new things on long runs. Also adapting things driving wise and in the end it was a very positive three days of testing.”

“Hopefully we can use the knowledge we understood from Barcelona in Imola and have a really good weekend.”


Iwasa sorting out the car and himself


“I think that the testing was quite good in Barcelona,” stated the 20-year-old Japanese. “The result was really good and always I had good speed. We were good in the short run and also had good pace in the long run. The first run was not so good but I could improve after that so this was very positive.”


“I could improve my race run management so I think that will be important in Imola, also Qualifying and Warm Up so all round I am happy with my improvement.”

“I think that Imola is quite fun to drive, especially the first section, also quite high speed. I think that the physical side will be a bit tough but not as tough as Jeddah.”


“I am interested to see in Imola how much I can cut the kerb, that I need to try. Also I will have to adjust my driving between the Medium and the Super Soft because I have never used the Super Soft. The Qualifying will be my first time to use the Suer Soft, quite tough for a Rookie. I should adjust my driving quickly. That is my biggest aim this weekend.”


“Also in the race I need to make good management of the Medium and the Super Soft. In Jeddah I did not manage the Medium well.”

“It’s my first time to drive in Imola, so I am very much looking forward to it in an F2 car and will do my best in every session.”


Hauger keen to feel at home

“Really looking forward to Imola,” enthuses the 19-year-old Norwegian. “It’s a track I’ve been to before in F4 and it’s a quite a technical one with a few combinations.”

“It’s a special one, especially in an F2 car, it will be quite different. But certainly I’m looking forward to getting the weekend started.”

“I think the last test was not so bad, especially the last day in Barcelona. We were up there on the Quali runs, among the top drivers and being pretty quick, so definitely looking forward to bringing that into this weekend.”


“Hopefully we can really make a step now and I am confident that we can do that.”

“So I’ve just got to keep my head cool and take what we learnt at the test and make use of it, make it a good weekend.”


Imola weekend schedule – all times CEST
Friday 2
2nd April

11:05 – Practice (45 minutes)
5:55 – Qualifying (30 minutes)

Saturday 23rd April
17:55 – Sprint Race (25 Laps or 45 Mins +1 lap)

Sunday 24th April
10:20 – Feature Race (35 Laps or 60 Mins +1 lap)