Dennis Hauger will stay with MP Motorsport for the 2024 F2 season.
Hauger currently sits eighth on countback from Van Amersfoort Racing’s Richard Verschoor in the standings with two wins and two further podium finishes, with both victories coming in sprint races in Australia and Hungary respectively.
MP Motorsport have subsequently decided during the current gap ahead of the season finale in Abu Dhabi to retain the 20 year-old Norwegian for next season, despite Hauger leaving the Red Bull Junior Team at the end of this campaign.
“I’m really happy to stay with MP Motorsport for another season of FIA Formula 2”, commented Hauger on confirmation of a third season in the category.
Next season will see F2 adopt a new spec car which has excited Hauger as he continued: “I’m truly looking forward to the challenge of setting up a winning new F2 car, as we aim to build on the experience we gained as a team working together in 2023.”
Hauger will be joined in Abu Dhabi by new teammate, Franco Colapinto who will also stay with MP Motorsport for next season, having graduated from their F3 team in which he drove for the Dutch outfit.
Addressing the opportunity to have Colapinto as his new teammate in F2, Hauger said: “I welcome Franco as my new team mate – he’s a familiar face to MP too, and that can only be to our advantage in the transitional winter period while getting to grips with the new car.”
MP Motorsport’s Team Principal, Sander Dorsman is “delighted” to retain Hauger for next season as he proceeded to praise the Norwegian for his talent and attitude this season.
“He’s quick, with a cool and smart head on his shoulders. His feedback will help us in the development race with the new car as we move into a new era of FIA Formula 2.”
Dorsman also believes that Hauger and Colapinto can quickly get up to speed as teammates together – having already signed this early for next year.
“With Dennis and Franco, we have two known quantities in our top team on the single-seater ladder. Having signed both at a very early stage will surely contribute to our getting up to speed as soon as we can.”