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Hülkenberg believes rules ‘bent’ to avoid Hamilton penalty in Mexico

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Nico Hülkenberg - Credit: Sahara Force India

Nico Hülkenberg admitted that he was surprised no action was taken over Lewis Hamilton over his first lap corner-cutting antics during the Mexican Grand Prix.

The Sahara Force India F1 Team driver believed the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team racer did gain an advantage after locking up his brakes into the first turn.

Hamilton blaming glazed brakes for the problem that saw him comfortably lead the race on the opening lap, just before a safety car bunched the field up once more to clear up the wrecked Manor Racing MRT of Pascal Wehrlein, and Hülkenberg believes having glazed brakes would have made it extremely difficult for Hamilton to win the race, something he did comfortably.

“With Lewis at the start it was very strange,” said Hülkenberg on Motorsport.com. “I mean, if that’s not gaining an advantage, I don’t know what is.

“Had there been a gravel trap or a wall, he would’ve been in deep trouble. So I don’t know, it seems they bent the rule there a bit today. If you have a glazed brake then it will be glazed for the rest of the race so, I’m surprised how he still won it.

“To be honest I didn’t have much thought on it [at the time], because that’s not where my race is and then you don’t really bother about it. I was surprised afterwards that there wasn’t anything to look at.”

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