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Hulkenberg apologises for Perez incident

Incident caused Hulkenberg’s retirement and Perez retired later after running wide at final corner.
Sunday, July 27, 2014

 

27th July 2014 (F1Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Nico Hulkenberg has apologised for making contact with Sergio Perez during the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The pair came together on lap 16 at the final corner which resulted in Hulkenberg retiring for the first time this year.

Hulkenberg said he was trying to overtake him down the inside and was unable to back out of the move when Perez took a tighter line.

“It was not the best day in the office and I’m feeling very disappointed,” Hulkenberg said.

“The track was drying out and I was quite close behind Checo when I made contact with him at the final corner.

“The previous lap he had taken a much wider line so I tried to overtake on the inside, but he took a tighter line and I couldn’t back out of the move.

“I made contact with his car, lost my front wing and went straight on into the barrier. It was my mistake and I’ve apologised to the team.

The German driver was frustrated with his mistake and said the car had potential.

“It’s especially frustrating because there was a lot of potential in this race, but I guess it was one of those days when things didn’t go our way."

Perez retired later in the race after running too wide into the final turn. He spun across the track and crashed into the pit wall.

“I went a little wide on the exit kerb of the final corner, lost the rear and that was it – I was in the wall,” Perez explained.

Force India head into the summer break fifth in the constructors’ championship, just one point above McLaren.

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