Nico Hulkenberg: “It was a frustrating race”

Hulk, SMASH! A scrappy weekend for the German at the Hungaroring - Octane Photographic Ltd

Nico Hulkenberg had a scrappy Hungarian Grand Prix, where he made contact with both Haas F1 Team drivers and started a war of words with Kevin Magnussen.

The German driver was classified seventeenth in the race, but was forced to retire early after the contact with Magnussen where he was pushed off the track. The Danish driver was later penalised for his over-zealous defensive driving.

It was a frustrating race today, especially as we had the pace for a better result. I felt really confident and the car was good. We could put in decent lap times in clear air, but it was pretty difficult to pass, so I spent a lot of time stuck in traffic.”

In fact, the Renault Sport Formula 1 Team car certainly did have strong pace, as on Saturday during qualifying, the Hulk put the car seventh fastest on the grid, but dropped back due to a gearbox penalty.

The pit stop was frustrating as we lost a lot of time at a vital moment in the race. This led to me being stuck behind Kevin Magnussen. I’m all for hard racing but he was just ruthless by pushing me off track, for which he was then penalised.