PREMA Racing enjoyed a successful day at Red Bull Ring as the FIA Formula 3 Championship went underway at the Styrian venue for the weekend’s two reverse-grid races.
Having secured pole for the main race of the weekend on Sunday, Dennis Hauger delivered a sensational drive through the pack moving from P12 at the start to take a superb win. The Norwegian didn’t make mistakes at the start and progressed steadily as the laps went by. When contact between the two frontrunners provided a chance, Hauger sealed the deal. In race 2, he used the same strategy. Avoiding contact amidst the initial mayhem, although a tough start dropped him back a bit, he took every opportunity and eventually claimed another podium.
Race 1 provided the team with a 1-2 finish, as Olli Caldwell worked his way up to P2 from P5 on the grid with a brilliant performance. The British racer then harvested more points with P9 in race 2.
Having had to retire due to a DRS issue in race 1, Arthur Leclerc went from drama to vengeance, as he posted an unbelievable sixth place on race 2, gaining 21 spots compared to his grid position and posting the fastest lap in the process.
#1 - Dennis Hauger
“Overall, I’m obviously pretty happy with P3. I didn’t have a good start which is the main thing that we need to improve now. Otherwise, we built a good gap to the cars behind and moved forward from there. We got a good rhythm, and a lot of cars in front were fighting, so we played smart, going car by car. We take it like it is, a good amount of points for the championship compared to our competitors, and we are looking forward to tomorrow.”
#2 - Arthur Leclerc
“It has been a great race after an unlucky race 1. It’s a bit of a shame we started from the back, but we could recover and maximize the opportunities, gaining as many positions as we could.”
#3 - Olli Caldwell
“It was a tough race with the tyres. We need to look into exactly what happened, but the good thing is that we still scored two points. We just need to learn and put it into the main race for tomorrow.”