Hulkenberg: Strategy wrecked podium chance

By on Monday, May 30, 2016
Sahara Force India

Sahara Force India

Nico Hulkenberg believes he had the chance to finish on the podium at the Monaco Grand Prix, only to see ill-timed strategy wreck his prospects.

Hulkenberg started from fifth on the grid but was overhauled by team-mate Sergio Perez, who went on to claim third, as Hulkenberg slipped back to seventh.

The German driver was able to jump ahead of compatriot Nico Rosberg on the run to the line but was not pleased at the way in which his race panned out.

"It was ultimately a disappointing race for me, despite getting back to scoring points," he said.

"I feel the timing of our first pit stop was wrong and that cost me track position and put me straight into traffic.

"This effectively ruined my race, as I spent the rest of the afternoon stuck there.

"It’s very frustrating as I had the pace to be on the podium, but this is racing and it’s just the way it often is in Monaco.

"I was able to finally get past Rosberg with a good move on the exit of the final corner: we were on worn out tyres, it started to drizzle and it was very tricky to keep the car facing in the right direction.

"I got a better exit out of the corner and I think I got him by just a car’s length. All in all, I still feel it’s a huge missed opportunity for me."

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