Nico Hulkenberg has apologized to Force India and Sergio Perez after hitting his teammate during yesterday’s Hungarian Grand Prix.
The German driver attempted an overtake on Perez heading into the final corner, but instead made contact with him. Hulkenberg did come off worse, though, losing his front wing in the process and retiring from a race for the first time this season.
“It was not the best day in the office and I’m feeling very disappointed,” Hulkenberg admitted. “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.
“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.”
Hulkenberg had scored points in every race so far this season until Hungary, but this incident sees him enter the summer break on something of a sour note.
Perez did manage to continue after the incident, but he too finished the race in the wall after a huge crash on the exit of the final corner.
“It’s a very disappointing end to our weekend, just when it looked like we could have scored some big points,” Perez said. “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. It was a very unfortunate end to our race and I feel sorry for the team because they deserved some points today.”