James Hinchcliffe has apologised following his outburst during the second race at Detroit after laying into Carlos Munoz who he had believed had forced him into the wall at the first corner.
Hinchcliffe called Munoz an ‘idiot’ on live television following his elimination, with the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver hitting the wall after the Andretti Autosport did move across into him, but only after Charlie Kimball had made the first move into Munoz, with Hinchcliffe later apologising on Twitter to the Colombian racer.
Having seen the replay, I apologize to @CarlosMunoz034. Wasn't his fault. He was forced into me. Lost my temper, I know better. Sorry guys.
— James Hinchcliffe (@Hinchtown) June 5, 2016
Once Hinchcliffe had calmed down and made the apology to Munoz, he admitted his disappointment to see his race end so early, but felt he should have qualified better to have been able to avoid any potential first lap carnage like this.
“A silly racing incident ruined our day,” rued Hinchcliffe. “The ARROW car had a reasonable start. Charlie Kimball and Carlos Munoz were going at it and we were just victims of circumstance there, not a whole lot more to say.
“When you start back there (seventh row) you open yourself up to stuff like that. In the future, we will focus on making sure we don’t start back there, start up front and finish up front like we should and that way we’re not back in the mess.
“It’s just an unfortunate missed opportunity because the car was quick all weekend and we got two races with very little to show for it, so I’m gutted for the guys and everyone at ARROW but if we know how to do one thing it’s come back, so we will be back at Texas next week stronger than ever.”