Nico Hulkenberg’s front-row starting position for the Canadian Grand Prix is under threat after he was summoned to see the stewards post-qualifying.
Hulkenberg set the second-fastest lap time during Q3 on Saturday and looked set to join Max Verstappen on the front row for the start of the race.
His lap time came moments before a red flag was deployed following a crash for Oscar Piastri.
While it is clear that Hulkenberg’s time was logged before the red flag was shown, it is believed that the German driver is being investigated for travelling too fast when the session was suspended.
According to the stewards, he is being called for an “alleged breach of Article 37.6 a) of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations – Car 27 failing to stay above the minimum time set by the FIA ECU at 16:59”.
Should he keep his P2 result, it will mark Hulkenberg’s first front-row start since the 2016 Austrian Grand Prix.
Prior to Saturday’s outing in Montreal, Hulkenberg’s best qualifying result of the year came last time out in Barcelona, where he classified in seventh.