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Hulkenberg centre of the action in Brazil

Hamilton's front left suspension was wrecked in the incident and for the third time in the latter half of the season the McLaren driver ended up in enforced retirement having been leading the race at the time.

Hamilton was understandably frustrated by the premature end of the race and said that he was disappointed with Hulkenberg's contact. "The dude did not even come and say sorry," the McLaren driver said afterwards. "That is what happens when you are racing with the less experienced."

As for the Force India, it escaped relatively unscathed from the encounter. "I managed to keep going but I had lost a lot of time," said Hulkenberg, who was handed a drive-thru penalty by the race stewards for causing an avoidable accident.

Hulkenberg's boss, Force India deputy team principal Bob Fernley, felt that the penalty was harsh: "We were surprised by the drive-through for Nico, and feel it could have been investigated after the race because there were three cars involved," he said, referring to the presence of Marussia's Timo Glock and Caterham's Heikki Kovalainen in the incident.

"Fifth place is still a super result to end the season and I think the team did an excellent job this weekend," insisted Hulkenberg. "I hope they [Force India] enjoyed the race – it's a nice leaving present in my last race."

Fifth place gives Hulkenberg a final 10 points in the 2012 drivers' championship and puts him in 11th in the final standings

With Hulkenberg's team mate Paul di Resta crashing out on the penultimate lap - causing the race to finish under yellow flag conditions - Force India ended up finishing in seventh place in the constructors battle behind Lotus, Mercedes and Sauber but ahead of Williams and Toro Rosso.




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bob - Unregistered

November 25, 2012 9:45 PM

I'm sorry, but the Hulk was ripped off! He has a slide on a wet track that unfortunately takes out another car. He gets a drive through. Vettel just clean turns into someone and takes out 2 cars, yet he gets no penalty???? Good to see F1 stewards inconsistency is totally consistent!

marcus - Unregistered

November 26, 2012 7:20 AM

FIA really does everything to help Ferrari. Maldonado penalty on the grid, Safety car to let Alonso catch up with the leaders and finally giving Hulkenberg a drive through, I've never seen a penalty coming that fast before.



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