On a day that would see all-but-one Mercedes-powered car crack the top ten in qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix, Nico Hulkenberg duly turned in his best grid position of the season in seventh place.

A circuit the team had hoped would play to the strengths of the VJM08, Hulkenberg and team-mate Sergio Perez duly took full advantage to get into Q3 - the first time the team has gotten both of its cars into the top ten this year.

With Hulkenberg going on to secure seventh place, ahead of the Red Bulls, the German believes a good haul of points is in the offing.

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"It was definitely a good day in the office, both for me and for the team with two cars inside the top ten. Seventh is my best qualifying result so far this year, which is really encouraging as we look ahead to the race. The car has been performing well since the start of practice and I think we have a great opportunity to score some good points.

"The task ahead is still going to be challenging because there are some very quick cars around us and we will have a real fight on our hands.

"It will be crucial to get the strategy calls right because the rain yesterday means we don't have all the data to answer the questions on tyre life. But I think we're in pretty good shape; I'm feeling confident and looking forward to a competitive