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.