2023 Formula 2 Driver Lineup: Dennis Hauger to MP Motorsport

ZANDVOORT, NETHERLANDS - SEPTEMBER 03: Third placed Dennis Hauger of Norway and Prema Racing (1) celebrates on the podium during the Round 12:Zandvoort Sprint race of the Formula 2 Championship at Circuit Zandvoort on September 03, 2022 in Zandvoort, Netherlands. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Formula 2 driver Dennis Hauger has opted to join MP Motorsport ahead of the 2023 season following a disappointing rookie season at PREMA.

Nineteen-year-old Norwegian driver Dennis Hauger made his Formula 2 debut fresh from winning the Formula 3 title in 2021. Teamed up with championship-winning PREMA and backed by the Red Bull Junior Team, he was an early candidate for the F2 title. However, a string of mechanical failures and bad luck finds Hauger 11th in the championship, with two wins and four podiums.

A disappointing season, finishing behind his teammate and fellow Red Bull academy driver Jehan Deruvala (who finished fifth with one win and eight podiums). Searching for better fortunes Hauger has joined MP Motorsport for the 2023 season. His teammate is yet to be confirmed.

2022 season

Hauger made his Formula 2 debut at the Bahrain Grand Prix this past March, finishing 9th in the Sprint Race. His first career point in F2, but it preceded a string of bad luck. Hauger would suffer four retirements and finish out of the top ten on nine different occasions.

He salvaged the year by earning victories at Monaco and the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. With one round remaining Hauger sits twelve points behind Juri Vips in the standings. Knowing he is leaving PREMA next year, will Hauger drive with nothing to lose or appear ready for 2023?

Following the move, Hauger stated:

“I am really excited about joining MP Motorsport for another assault on the FIA Formula 2 Championship. MP have been the revelation of this season, consistently producing a great car for every round of the season,”

Team Principal at MP Motorsport, Sander Dorsman, added:

“We are absolutely delighted that someone of Dennis’ calibre will be part of our Formula 2 programme in 2023. His 2021 Formula 3 title year is still fresh on my mind – he made no prisoners and was truly outstanding.

Hauger’s move from PREMA also leaves a seat to be filled. It is speculated that Formula 3 rookie Ollie Bearman will make the step up. Or it could also be filled by Formula 2 driver Frederick Vesti, moving over from ART Grand Prix.

Hauger will be participating in the Formula 2 post-season test which commences on November 23 -25. The two-day event will take place at the Yas Marina Circuit, the same location as the season finale. The lineup for F2 testing has not been announced yet.

2023 Formula 2 Driver Lineup

With one round of the 2022 Formula 2 Championship remaining, teams and drivers are keeping hush about their plans for 2023. Hauger is the first driver that has been officially confirmed for next season’s F2 grid.

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As drivers and teams make further announcements we will provide updates including the grid overview.

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