Hauger moving to MP for second season in Formula 2

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Red Bull junior driver Dennis Hauger will move to MP Motorsport for the 2023 Formula 2 season, the team has announced.

The 2021 Formula 3 champion, who has been a member of Red Bull’s young driver development programme since 2017, will leave the Prema team with which he is currently competing in F2 following the final round of the season in Abu Dhabi later this month.

MP took Felipe Drugovich romped to this year’s F2 drivers’ title, which he won with a round to spare. They can clinch the team’s title in the Abu Dhabi finale later this month, but are in a close fight with rivals ART, the two tied on 281 points each.

Hauger will participate in the post-season test at the Yas Marina circuit in the days after the end of the Abu Dhabi round in his first action with his new team, running all three days. He is excited to join the team that has proven so successful this year.

“MP have been the revelation of this season, consistently producing a great car for every round of the season,” said Hauger.

“We have recognised that, and it’s wonderful news that we have been able to make the deal work. I’m looking forward to working with the team, starting at the Abu Dhabi test, which I hope will be our jump start to a very successful 2023 season.”

Hauger is currently in 11th position in the F2 standings on 98 points having taken two wins at the Monaco sprint race and the feature race in Baku. Hauger won last year’s FIA Formula 3 title at his second attempt in the series following a switch from Hitech to Prema.

MP team principal Sander Dorsman welcomed the signing of the Red Bull junior to the team for the 2023 campaign.

“His 2021 Formula 3 title year is still fresh on my mind – he [took] no prisoners and was truly outstanding,” Dorsman said.

“With the knowledge and experience that he has gained in his F2 rookie season, I’m positive that he will translate those into consistent pace-setting form and more results like the ones he produced at Monaco and Baku this year.”

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner recently admitted he had expected more from Hauger, one of their four juniors in F2, in his debut in the category. “Dennis Hauger has been a bit underwhelming in F2 after such a dominant year in F3,” Horner said. “But, again, how much of that is him? How much of it is his equipment?”

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  • 5 comments on “Hauger moving to MP for second season in Formula 2”

    1. More important than the team is the driver show some consistency and results. Hauger did not show it this year, was beaten by Daruvala wich imo it’s not great. There were other pilots on worst teams(altought Prema was a bit off this year) that had better results.
      Next season he’ll be on the team that had both titles, so it’s time to bring it on….

      1. Yeah I expected a lot more from him, he dominated F3 way more than piastri did but couldn’t give the best of himself in f2

        1. Piastri was in his first season in F3 when he won the title. Hauger was underwhelming that year but came back strongly the following year to win the championship. It will be interesting to see if he follows the same pattern in F2.

    2. Maybe after next year both Alpha Tauri seats are available so that is a good move from him. If he doesn’t fight for the title next year I think it’s game over for him for F1

    3. They are sure to give him all the material to succeed, two winning teams in a row. Would be somewhat incredible with a norwegian in F1, so guess I have to cheer for him. If his previous years have told us anything about Hauger is that he has a bad rookie year, Red Bull might need some more patience with this one if he were to reach F1.

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