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Nico Hulkenberg

Hulkenberg targets fresh start after Haas 'barbecue'

The German driver lost an hour of running after his Haas caught fire in FP2.

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Nico Hulkenberg is hoping for a "fresh start" in wet conditions at the Canadian Grand Prix after his Haas was left with a "barbecue smell" following a fire in Friday practice.

The German driver was restricted in his running after FP1 was abandoned with only five minutes of action possible before a CCTV system fault created a safety concern.

Second Practice was extended by 30 minutes to make up for lost time, but Hulkenberg lost another hour of running when his VF-23 was hit with a mechanical failure, forcing him to park on the run to Turn 1 with smoke pouring from the back of the car.

"It was a very disrupted day for everybody with the technical problems that we faced in FP1," explained Hulkenberg.

"FP2 also didn't last too long. I got one run in but starting the second, the ICE failed. A little bit of smoke, a little bit of a barbecue smell.

"Not ideal heading into the rest of the weekend but it is what it is.

"I have to look at what the other car did and come up with the best possible package we can.

"It is obviously challenging. The one run I did do, I wasn't too happy with it so not great that you can't continue your work then."

Hulkenberg behind

Wet weather is expected to add to the occasion in FP3 and qualifying, whilst the race is also at risk of being hit by rain.

Put to him that this offered respite following his FP2 struggles, Hulkenberg replied: "Maybe it is also bad because everyone ran in dry conditions, so I am behind when it comes to dry conditions.

"Wet conditions are a fresh start so we will see what happens. Sunday also looks up and down in terms of weather so we just have to gear up for everything."

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