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Hauger takes first F2 win in Prema one-two in Monaco sprint

by Jordan Edwards

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Dennis Hauger has taken his maiden Formula 2 victory in the sprint race at Monte-Carlo, claiming the win after pole-sitter Jake Hughes stalled on the starting grid.

Van Amersfoort Racing won their race against time to get Hughes’s car on the grid after his heavy qualifying crash on Friday, but he was unable to get away cleanly when the lights went out.

Prema driver Hauger held the lead after the start and through a safety car restart, ahead of his Prema teammate Jehan Daruvala and Hitech’s Marcus Armstrong. Hauger extended the lead in the final laps to over five seconds.

Armstrong began to close the gap to Daruvala in the closing laps but was unable to make a move and had to settle for the final podium position.

Theo Pourchaire had a strong start to finish sixth, behind Enzo Fittipaldi and Juri Vips to close the gap to the championship leader Felipe Drugovich, who ultimately retired after a strange gamble on wet tyres.

The MP Motorsport driver had an incident at the first corner which caused him to come into the pits with a puncture. With clouds appearing over the circuit, his team gambled on a switch to wet tyres but Drugovich switched back to slicks two laps later.

He then received a five-second time penalty for speeding in the pitlane, and exited the pitlane once again on the wet-tyres and five-laps behind the leader. After some more confused radio messages between Drugovich and his race engineer, he received another 5-second penalty for once again speeding in the pitlane, before finally retiring on lap 20.

Team-mate Clement Novalak retired after hitting the wall at the exit of Rascasse when he was run out wide by Ayumu Iwasa, who received a 10-second penalty for the the incident which brought out the only safety car of the race.

Seventh-placed Jack Doohan secured the fastest lap on the final lap of the race, taking the bonus point from the clutches of Pourchaire.

Race result (30 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Dennis Hauger Prema 44m28.491s
2 Jehan Daruvala Prema +6.711s
3 Marcus Armstrong Hitech GP +7.267s
4 Enzo Fittipaldi Charouz Racing System +13.164s
5 Juri Vips Hitech GP +14.566s
6 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix +15.829s
7 Jack Doohan Virtuosi +17.365s
8 Liam Lawson Carlin +21.670s
9 Roy Nissany DAMS +22.838s
10 Logan Sargeant Carlin +23.031s
11 Frederik Vesti ART Grand Prix +26.356s
12 Cem Bolukbasi Charouz Racing System +31.338s
13 Richard Verschoor Trident +32.414s
14 Calan Williams Trident +44.226s
15 Marino Sato Virtuosi +44.652s
16 Olli Caldwell Campos Racing +45.245s
17 Amaury Cordeel Van Amersfoort Racing +47.270s
18 Jake Hughes Van Amersfoort Racing +55.403s
19 Ayumu Iwasa DAMS +55.751s
Ret Felipe Drugovich MP Motorsport
Ret Clement Novalak MP Motorsport
DNS Ralph Boschung Campos Racing
Fastest lap: Doohan, 1m22.832s

Championship standings
Drugovich 86   2 Pourchaire 63   3 Daruvala 49   4 Lawson 38   5 Armstrong 36   6 Sargeant 36   7 Vips 34   8 Doohan 33   9 Verschoor 32   10 Fittipaldi 32