Ahead of the restart of the 2020 race season- in which eight opening rounds have been confirmed so far – and with teams slowly re-emerging from the global lockdown, Hitech catches up with its F3 Red Bull junior driver Dennis Hauger. The 2019 Italian Formula 4 Champion knows there is plenty of hard work ahead of him, to achieve his dream of racing in Formula 1.
The revised 2020 opening calendar will restart from 03-05 July at the Red Bull Ring at Spielberg, Austria. The health and safety of all involved will continue to be priority. It is expected that events will take place without fans, with the hope to have them included in future rounds later this year.
Hitech GP: How have you been keeping busy during lockdown?
Dennis: “During the lockdown I have been focusing on training and the simulator mostly. It’s also been nice to catch up on old races, so I have been watching lots of videos from my career, identifying weak points and strengths. I have also enjoyed taking time out for myself so I am ready for the return to racing and able to give 100% from the offset.”
Hitech GP: What is your first racing memory?
Dennis: “Actually, I have good memories of when I followed my Dad to races at the age of just one years old! From then, it all evolved from there. My first driving experience was a year later at the age of 2. When I was 4 I got my first motocross bike, and at 5 I got my first kart.”
Hitech GP: Which race are you most looking forward to on the revised 2020 Calendar?
Dennis: “If I had to choose one race it would be Spielberg (The Red Bull Ring) in Austria, and Monza as I got a triple win there in Italian F4 so there’s some special memories there for me.”
Hitech GP: What’s your main goal for the year?
Dennis: “With the limited amount of testing we have had and also as a rookie in my first year, it will be a challenge but I am confident that we have the pace to be up there fighting for the top step. Since the first test with the team, their professional and strong approach naturally felt right for me so I am excited for the season ahead.”
Hitech GP: How would you sum up your 2019 season? Any particular highlights?
Dennis: “I had a good 2019 season overall. I think my highlight would be winning in front of the F1 crowd at Hockenheimring. It’s always such a special atmosphere.”
Hitech GP: What would you be doing if you weren’t a racing driver?
Dennis: “To be entirely honest, I am not sure. I never really had my mind on anything else growing up. I have always been focused on pursuing my career in motorsport. But if I look back now, I’m pretty sure it would be something sports-related.”
Hitech GP: How would you describe your racing style?
Dennis: “I have a pretty soft driving style but can be aggressive when needed, particularly under pressure. I like the technical corners and that’s where my strongest points are at the moment. I hope this transpires into my races!”
Hitech GP: What’s your biggest racing achievement?
Dennis: “Probably becoming the youngest Junior and Senior Champion ever in the German Karting Championship and becoming the Italian F4 Champion with several records beaten.”
Revised 2020 FIA F2 and FIA F3 Opening Calendar*
|03-05 July||Spielberg, Austria|
|10-12 July||Spielberg, Austria|
|17-19 July||Budapest, Hungary|
|31 July – 02 August||Silverstone, Great Britain|
|07-09 August||Silverstone, Great Britain|
|14-16 August||Barcelona, Spain|
|28-30 August||Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium|
|04-06 September||Monza, Italy|