2021 FIA Formula 3 champion Dennis Hauger will join Dutch outfit MP Motorsport for his second season in the FIA Formula 2 Championship. The 19-year-old Norwegian has high hopes of being among the category’s frontrunners in 2023, as he joins forces with the team that has produced this season’s champion.
Hauger will get his first taste of an MP Motorsport Formula 2 car in the Abu Dhabi post-season test following the final round of the 2022 season at the Yas Marina circuit. MP has signed the Norwegian for all three days of the test, with the intention of helping him quickly acclimatise with the team that is currently jointly leading the teams’ championship. In his rookie season in Formula 2, Hauger took two victories already – in the sprint race at Monaco and the feature race at Baku – and is looking to finish on a high in the season finale in Abu Dhabi, with the aim of breaking into the top ten in the final standings.
“I am really excited about joining MP Motorsport for another assault on the FIA Formula 2 Championship”, said Hauger. “MP has been the revelation of this season, consistently producing a great car for every round of the season. 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.”
“We are absolutely delighted that someone of Dennis’ calibre will be part of our Formula 2 programme in 2023”, said MP’s team principal Sander Dorsman. “His 2021 Formula 3 title year is still fresh on my mind – he made no prisoners and was truly outstanding. 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.”
Before stepping up to Formula 2, Hauger spent two years in FIA F3, wrapping up the title in dominant fashion in 2021. In 2019, he took the Italian Formula 4 title by storm with 12 wins, 16 podiums and five pole positions while also claiming second in the German F4 series, racking up another six wins, ten podiums and five poles. In his first season in single-seaters, the Norwegian took fourth in British F4 in 2018, with four wins, ten podiums and two pole positions.