The formula used to determine 'hotness' (at least, to give the comparative ranking within each SE site) is publicly documented and does not take any account of view counts - it is based exclusively on post scores and ages. (There were some additional modifications to the mechanism in March 2019, documented here, but they don't affect this aspect.) Arguments based on page view counts to argue whether it's 'fair' for any question to be on the HNQ list are just based on a complete misunderstanding of how the list is compiled.
But also: you are not owed a spot on the HNQ list, no matter how good you think your question is. The list is a deeply problematic construct, and if your question makes the list then, as likely as not, it is basically a junk-food question (or it will be turned into one by the voting patterns of the off-site audience the advertising will bring). The mechanism was finally, after years of complaints, turned into something that can be controlled by the site's community, back in March, and it's there to serve as advertising of the site, not of you and your questions.
If you try to chase the HNQ on purpose by writing questions designed to be 'hot', then in all likelihood you're just littering the site with the low-quality fodder that should be kicked out of HNQ by a moderator the second it gets there. Focus on writing high-quality questions. If they get HNQ'd, and that helps increase the quality of the response (big if), then great. If they don't, then they're still questions on the site, which is the only thing we (all) have a right to expect.