The German had posted a time ok to hitch Max Verstappen on the entrance row of the grid in Q3, seconds earlier than the purple flag was issued by the stewards following Oscar Piastri’s crash on the exit of Flip 7.
Following the clean-up operation of the Australian’s stranded McLaren, the session resumed however in far worse circumstances than people who had preceded the brief hiatus.
This cemented Hulkenberg’s provisional place on the entrance row, as Fernando Alonso was unable to finish his time as he was in rivalry to hitch Verstappen on the entrance row.
In line with a doc circulated by the FIA after the conclusion of the session, Hulkenberg had earned a summon to the stewards’ room for an “alleged breach of Article 37.6 a) of the FIA System One Sporting Laws – Automobile 27 failing to remain above the minimal time set by the FIA ECU at 16:59.”
There’s a minimal time required for the drivers to return to the pitlane following a purple flag, however radio messages between Hulkenberg and race engineer Gary Gannon recommended that he was going too rapidly to satisfy the required delta, which has warranted an investigation.
The Haas driver narrowly escaped elimination in Q1 as AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda was unable to set a time ok to dump Hulkenberg into the hazard zone on the finish of the session.
Nico Hulkenberg, Haas VF-23
Picture by: Sam Bloxham / Motorsport Images
Haas additionally joined the slick-tyre working in Q2 with sufficient time earlier than the rain return to permit Hulkenberg to earn secure passage into Q3, on the expense of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.
As circumstances worsened in time for Q3, Hulkenberg managed to get sufficient temperature into his intermediate tyres to make sure he might set a 1m27.102s on his second tour of the circuit, nudging Alonso out of the highest two.
The purple flag emerged as Hulkenberg reached Flip 2 on his cooldown lap, with race engineer Gary Gannon telling him to make sure that he was “plus on delta time”.
Hulkenberg then reported that the “beeping [in his ear] goes nuts right here, do I must be unfavourable or Positive?”, with Gannon telling him to decelerate, however amid confusion between the 2, Hulkenberg felt that he was going too sluggish having simply handed Piastri’s crashed automobile.
Gannon then instructed him to alter engine modes, with Hulkenberg following up by asking “is that this too quick or too sluggish?” – the reply coming that he wanted to decelerate as he exited the hairpin previous to pitting.