Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn said the stewards’ ruling on Nico Hulkenberg during the race was “very harsh”.
Hulkenberg was ordered to give a position to Sergio Perez after putting all four wheels off the track while racing for position with the McLaren driver and Pastor Maldonado.
“He did not gain an advantage, but merely avoided a collision by leaving the track,” said Kaltenborn. “However, we have to accept this decision.”
Hulkenberg was also bemused by the stewards’ ruling on what he described as a “racing situation”.
“In the end, I did have to give back the position to him and I don’t quite agree with that. There was a Williams in the fight as well, Sergio was on the inside, but I had to leave space and caught the outer kerb. Then my car bottomed and I was off, however, I was in front of Sergio before and after the corner.”
Hulkenberg ended the race behind Perez in ninth place as both drivers avoided making a pit stop following the Safety Car period. Both were passed by several of their rivals.
“At the end, it was a pure fight for survival, because the tires were pretty much gone,” said Hulkenberg. “Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton and Mark Webber were all on fresh tires and I simply had to focus on staying on track and finishing the race.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.
As it has done so for four decades, the 40th annual Dakar Rally – the most grueling test of man and machine anywhere – produced a number of surprise finishes and also several disappointments for drivers or riders who were expected to do well in the nearly 5,600-mile trek that began in Peru and continued through Bolivia and ending in Argentina.
NBCSN has aired highlights from all 14 stages (actually 13, because one stage was completely rained out) during the Rally’s two-week run, which concluded Saturday.
Here’s some of the “best of” highlights from the overall Rally highlights, followed by a quick guide that gives you wrapups to all 14 stages.
So, without further adieu, here’s NBCSN’s “best of” the 2018 Dakar Rally:
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of cars
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of bikes
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of trucks
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of quads
Lastly, here’s a day-by-day wrapup of how the Rally played out.
MORE: Dakar Rally daily stages schedule, NBCSN broadcast schedule, list of all competitors.
MORE: Stage 14 overall Rally wrapup
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MORE: Stage 8 wrapup
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MORE: Stage 1 wrapup