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Following his move from Hitech Grand Prix to PREMA Racing for this year’s FIA Formula 3 championship, Dennis Hauger is keen to prove himself in the third tier of single-seater racing. With just a single podium and one other points finishes in the whole of the 2020 season, the Red Bull junior driver sees his new team as somewhere he can win races which he is very capable of doing.
After the conclusion of Formula 3 in September, Hauger joined the Dutch outfit, Van Amersfoort Racing for the final three rounds of the Formula Regional European Championship.
Taking part in only 8 of the 23 races, he still managed to get 7th in the championship standings and finishing in the top five in every race he competed in. One of these includes a race victory, four P2 finishes and a single P3.
One of the drivers he competed against in this series is also going to be his team-mate at PREMA for the 2021 F3 season, Arthur Leclerc. Leclerc, who is part of the Ferrari Drivers Academy, narrowly missed out on the championship by 16 points, not helped by retirements in the first and last races of the season.
With Olli Caldwell also lining up alongside the Hauger and Leclerc, the trio have been helping each other out as well as keeping that competitive edge, “I think it’s a bit of both, we have a good relationship with each other and at the same time we are pushing each other on and off the track.”
The young Norwegian had his first tests at PREMA during the post-season testing days in Barcelona and looked very comfortable with the team. He then joined them again in Jerez for another test before PREMA announced his signing in December. Since then, he has been working hard to adjust to his new surroundings, “Feeling comfortable with the team, working hard together and pushing for what we want.”
“Still connecting well with people around. There is a good atmosphere in the team which I find really important to work well together during the season.”
As part of cost-cutting measures with the junior formulae, the FIA announced that Formula 2 and Formula 3 would run on alternating race weekends meaning that the drivers will get a chance to race at some new tracks this season.
The 2021 season marks the first year where Formula 3 will race at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, and Hauger is very excited to go racing there, “Some tracks I know from last year and others are completely new to me so looking forward to all of them. But last race in America at Austin is a track I always wanted to race on at so that’s going to be exciting!”
We still have quite a while until the Formula 3 season kicks off at the end of May in Catalunya, so there is still a lot of time for the teams and drivers to get themselves ready. However, we don’t have to wait that long with the start of the Formula One season starting in Bahrain seven days from now.