Racing Point stand-in Nico Hülkenberg admitted he was "a bit surprised" after incredibly qualifying third for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.
The 32-year-old has only had a week to get to know the RP20 after being called up last Thursday night to replace Sergio Perez, who tested positive for Covid-19 last week and did so again on Friday morning.
Out-qualifying his temporary team-mate Lance Stroll, who will start from sixth, the German logged his best qualifying result since Austria 2016.
"This weekend I felt much better in the car, much more prepared," said Hülkenberg.
"Qualifying was still tricky. In Q2, I made life hard for myself a bit and I was a bit scared that I damaged the car.
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