Haas team leader Gunther Steiner paid tribute to his routine rival, Nico Hulkenberg. The specialist stated that the German is the best qualified driver he has worked with during his Formula One career so far.
Hülkenberg runs a full season in the top category for the first time in three years, but his results still show the absence – and he didn’t appear at the start of the season either, when he entered the car after the shortest-ever testing period. He scored nine of Haas’ eleven points, which speaks for itself, but he received most of the praise for his playoff performance.
So far, he has made his way to Q3 three times, and in the rainy qualifying session for the Canadian Grand Prix, he finished second (losing it due to a penalty, but his speed was still very convincing in Montreal).
His boss, Gunther Steiner, now had serious praise for his qualifying results: he stated that during his F1 career he had never worked with a competitor as fast as Hülkenberg. “I would say yes to thathe told RacingNews365 when asked about the above claim.
“We can see his performance this year. He’s been in Q3 three times so it’s pretty obvious he’s a very good qualifying driver. He can put together circuits that sometimes come out of nowhere.” – he added, praising his rival.
Hülkenberg’s future has been raised several times in recent weeks, and Haas may soon extend his contract. Steiner has already pointed this out several times, saying they want to make an announcement before the summer break, noting that they won’t be significant players on the test circuit this year, unlike last year.
He also indicated now that the two parties are close to agreeing on everything. It’s just a few minor details, nothing serious. – indicated in connection with the negotiations. “We talk to them constantly and we’re in a very good position.”