Hulkenberg expresses 'huge frustration' after contact

By on Sunday, October 25, 2015
Sahara Force India

Sahara Force India

Nico Hulkenberg expressed 'huge frustration' after he was forced out of the United States Grand Prix following contact with Daniel Ricciardo.

Hulkenberg was contesting fifth place with Ricciardo when the pair collided at Turn 12, leaving the Force India driver with terminal damage to the front right of his car.

"It's a huge frustration to be out of the race when things were looking so promising," he said.

"Until the accident, it had been a very interesting race and it must have been a very entertaining for the fans as well.

"I struggled at first on the intermediate tyres, but as soon as I switched to slicks I started making good progress. We were looking really good and I wanted to get past Daniel as I was faster than him and he was holding me up, so I tried to make a move.

"Unfortunately that didn't work and it was the end of my race. When I got back to the garage the team told me that there was an issue with the front wing – from contact earlier in the race – and it broke just when I was trying to make the move on Daniel. It's a shame as we could have scored a lot of points today."

Stewards absolved Hulkenberg of blame, citing the front wing failure as justification.

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