Dennis Hauger atones for Saturday, winning Barcelona F3 feature race

Prema’s Dennis Hauger atoned for a late collision on Saturday that cost him victory in race 2 of the FIA Formula 3 championship by leading from pole to flag in Sunday’s feature.

This season, points for Sunday’s race count for ten points more than the opening two rounds, Friday’s first qualifying setting the grid for Sunday.

And, after fending off a strong challenge from his rivals into the opening corner, the Norwegian driver never looked back, extending his lead to take the chequered flag from Jack Doohan, Matteo Nannini and Race 2 winner Olli Caldwell.

“I think yesterday in Race 2 we were a bit unlucky and a bit unfortunate but I’m so happy to win Race 3,” said Hauger after stepping from his Prema car. “It’s the most important with the most points and I think that has got us back on the top, so yeah just got to keep the momentum going now and really happy, of course.”

Hauger’s victory was all the sweeter because he made up for throwing away a possible victory the day before when colliding with Nannini just two laps from the finish.

“It feels really good, we were really close yesterday and it didn’t pay off,” added Hauger. “I think we just had to keep it cool today because we had a really good opportunity to score some good points. In the end I didn’t have the best start, but then I got off pretty well into Turn 1, I just had to keep it deep on the breaks. From then I was trying to manage it and create a gap behind without DRS. So I’m really happy, of course.

“Going into Race 2 I think we could have scored some really good points for the Championship, but I’ve just got to use that as a lesson, take it with me and move on. I think coming out of the first round as P1 in the Championship is a really good start and hopefully we can keep that momentum going.”

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