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Hulkenberg hails Haas after 'unexpected' Canadian GP Qualifying result

Nico Hulkenberg delivered Haas's best-ever Qualifying result in wet conditions in Canada.

Nico Hulkenberg has hailed his Haas Formula 1 team after he starred in Formula 1 Qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix with the second-fastest time. In a wet Q3, Hulkenberg just managed to set a time good enough for P2 behind pole-sitter Max Verstappen just before red flags were deployed for Oscar Piastri's accident. Once the session resumed, the rain got heavier, meaning that nobody improved, securing Hulkenberg a front-row slot for the first time since the 2016 Austrian Grand Prix, and Haas's best-ever starting position in a Grand Prix with second. However, the German will ultimately start Sunday's race from fifth on the grid, after being handed a three-place grid drop for exceeding the speed limit under red flag conditions. After the session, Hulkenberg hailed his team for the communication they displayed during the session.

Hulkenberg hails Haas herorics

'It was a wild Qualifying, it was crazy, changing conditions around here are tricky with the walls so close and exit speeds high," Hulkenberg explained. "Obviously, it was wet to dry and back to wet so you ave to readjust all the team, but it was fun, it was good. "It is a bit unexpected, I'm very happy and proud the team did a solid job, it was very smooth. "In this weather, it's just about a lot of communications. "A lot of radio calls going back and forth, obviously you look at what the others are doing and think for yourself, but we worked pretty well today, no major mistakes. "The front row is nice, very sweet, so let's see what the conditions are tomorrow. "All the signs are very different, for a dry race, so a very different cup of tea. "I just want to go out there, racing as hard as we can, squeeze it and hopefully get a nice result."

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