F2: Hauger takes first F2 win in Monte Carlo Sprint Race
PREMA Racing’s Dennis Hauger took his maiden Formula 2 victory in Monte Carlo, winning from the front row of the grid.
The Norwegian dominated proceedings after taking the lead of the race at the start. Jehan Daruvala made it a PREMA one-two with Marcus Armstrong rounding out the podium finishers for Hitech Grand Prix.
Jake Hughes had lined-up on pole but stalled as the lights went out, allowing Hauger to assume the lead of the race and clear off into a lead that he’d never relinquish.
Behind them, Theo Pourchaire was the man on the move on the opening lap, taking sixth from Alpine Academy driver Jack Doohan at the Grand Hotel Hairpin.
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Enzo Fittipaldi was also one of the main beneficiaries of Hughes’ stall, climbing to fourth place. The Brazilian couldn’t keep pace with the podium finishers but was able to comfortably hold Red Bull junior Juri Vips at bay throughout the race to take fourth.
Pourchaire claimed three points from the Sprint, finishing in sixth position with Doohan following in seventh. The Australian was able to secure the fastest lap on the last tour in seventh. Liam Lawson claimed the final points-paying spot in eighth.
Championship leader Felipe Drugovich endured a nightmare afternoon, sustaining a puncture on the opening lap of the race and dropping to the back. He then gambled on wet tyres for a rain shower that never arrived. He eventually retired from the race after falling five laps down.