Kvalifiseringen er det kritiske punkt for Dennis Hauger foran helgens 10. runde i årets Formel 2-mesterskap.
Dennis Hauger er klar på at han er godt forberedt og at kvalifiseringen og strategiske valg, på en bane som ikke har mange forbikjøringsmuligheter, blir viktig på Hungaroring denne helgen. Akkurat kvalifiseringen har vært en utfordring for Hauger og Prema-teamet så langt i årets sesong.
Det er 10. runde, det vil si løp 19 og 20, som kjøres i Budapest denne helgen. Dennis, som har vunnet to løp så langt i sesongen, ligger på en 11. plass sammenlagt med 67 poeng for helgens to løp.
Trening på Hungaroring er fredag kl. 10.40. Kvalifisering er fredag kl. 18.30. Sprintløpet kjøres lørdag kl. 18.00 og hovedløpet kjøres søndag kl. 11.35.
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Pressemelding fra Red Bull Jr Team:
Juniors on a roll going to Hungary for F2
#2 Jehan Daruvala (IND – Prema Dallara Mecachrome)
FIA F2 Championship position: 4th – 94 points – after 18 of 28 races
#5 Liam Lawson (NZL – Carlin Dallara Mecachrome)
FIA F2 Championship position: 5th – 79 points – after 18 of 28 races
#17 Ayumu Iwasa (JAP – DAMS Dallara Mecachrome)
FIA F2 Championship position: 9th – 72 points – after 18 of 28 races
#1 Dennis Hauger (NOR – Prema Dallara Mecachrome)
FIA F2 Championship position: 11th – 67 points – after 18 of 28 races
After winning both F2 races at Paul Ricard last weekend the Red Bull Juniors intend to do no less at the Hungaroring. Ayumu Iwasa, Jehan Daruvala, Liam Lawson and Dennis Hauger have what it takes even though three of them know they need to get more out of Friday afternoon.
Daruvala has a balanced approach
“I think that in general Budapest is a pretty straight forward track, there are a lot of corners, not many straights,” states the 23-year-old Indian. “I think you need a good car with good mechanical balance so you can try to optimise the speed in the corners.”
“There’s not going to be too much slipstreaming going on in Qualifying, and it is all about Qualifying really. It I so difficult to overtake round here. It is basically like a street track, but without walls so overtaking is quite difficult.”
“Overall I am very much looking forward to the weekend. We definitely need to make the step up on Friday afternoon, for Qualifying so that we can fight for the Feature Race podium.”
Lawson committed to carry on from last weekend
“Very much looking forward to the Hungaroring,” comments the 20-year-old New Zealander. “Haven’t been for a couple of years but it’s definitely a circuit I enjoy driving. We need to make that step up in Qualifying because it is so important, so hard to overtake in the race.”
“The key to the weekend is Qualifying and the key to Qualifying is commitment on that lap. It’s an older style track with not much run off in places.”
“Turn 1 is the main overtaking spot, that’s clear, not many other opportunities.»
“Obviously we had a good weekend in Paul Ricard and I’m looking forward to carry forward that momentum and score big points in Hungary.”
Iwasa will do better than last year’s win
“The Hungaroring is quite good for me because it is quite a technical circuit,” explains the 20-year-old Japanese. “We had quite good speed in F3 last year, I won Race 1 but I finished P2 so there was a bit of frustration but it was still really positive.”
“I want to get a proper victory this year so that means two victories in two weekends.”
“For me the Qualifying lap will be very important in this weekend because overtaking will be really very difficult. So I aim to get a good speed in Free Practice, that will be important, to get the confidence needed for Qualifying.”
“T1 is the best opportunity to overtake but is still really very difficult. I will do my best to do the same as last weekend. I think the team also has confidence from last weekend so we need to continue with that.”
Hauger well prepared
“Looking forward to Budapest,” enthuses the 19-year-old Norwegian. “We have done a lot of simulator work to make sure I am 100% ready.”
“A tight and technical track. Qualifying will be important which hasn’t been our strong side so will have to try and work things out this weekend.”
“Hard to pass on this track and strategy is going to play a big part I think so we’ll see.”
Hungaroring weekend schedule – all times CEST
Friday 29th July
10:40 – Practice (45 minutes)
18:30 – Qualifying (30 minutes)
Saturday 30th July
18:00 – Sprint Race (28 Laps or 45 Mins +1 lap)
Sunday 31st July
11:35 – Feature Race (37 Laps or 60 Mins +1 lap)
More information on the Junior Team website