Alonso contact cost me points - Hulkenberg

By on Sunday, May 24, 2015
Sahara Force India

Sahara Force India

Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg says that early contact with McLaren's Fernando Alonso cost him a chance at finishing in the points at the Monaco Grand Prix.

Alonso tapped Hulkenberg on the approach to Mirabeau, sending the German driver into the barriers, after which he drove over his own front wing and cost further time.

Alonso was judged the guilty party and handed a five second time penalty while Hulkenberg recovered to finish just outside of the points in 11th position.

"My race was obviously very difficult right from the start," he said. "Fernando more or less pushed me into the wall on the first lap and from that moment I basically had to play catch up.

"I knew he was there so I left him a bit more space and turned in later, but he must have locked up as he crashed into me and sent me straight into the wall. The only damage was to the front wing, but getting back to the pits and changing the wing cost me a lot of time.

"My race was already compromised then - it is not easy to race from so far back because you have to let the leaders through and you're on the back foot the whole time.

"In terms of pace I was doing quite well, especially when in clean air, but obviously getting lapped costs you a lot of time. It is a shame as I feel that without the incident I would have been well into the points today."

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