Hulkenberg apologizes after hitting teammate

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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.”

Leclerc: No. 16 was third-choice for Formula 1 career

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2018 Formula 1 rookie Charles Leclerc has revealed No. 16 was his third-choice number to use through his grand prix career, with his preferred options having already been taken.

From 2014, drivers were given the chance to pick a number to use through their F1 careers instead of being assigned one depending on their team’s championship position.

Formula 2 champion and Ferrari junior Leclerc was announced in an Alfa Romeo Sauber race seat for 2018 earlier this month, picking No. 16 as his permanent number.

However, the Monegasque racer revealed last week that it was in fact his third choice, with both No. 7 and No. 10 already being taken by Kimi Raikkonen and Pierre Gasly respectively.

“It’s quite simple to be honest: I wanted number 7 first, but Kimi had it,” Leclerc said, as quoted by Crash.net.

“Then I chose 10, but Pierre came to F1 and chose number 10, so then I chose number 16.

“It’s just my date of birth and I could not find anything better. And 1 + 6 = 7, which is my favorite number.”

Leclerc will become the first driver hailing from Monaco to race in F1 since Olivier Beretta, who made nine grand prix starts in 1994 for Larrousse.