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Force India simmer over 'lost fairytale'

"We were surprised by the drive-through for Nico," Fernley admitted. "[We] feel it could have been investigated after the race because there were three cars involved."

Fernley told reporters after the race that he was confident that if the matter had been investigated post-race they had the data to convince the stewards that it hadn't been a simple case of Hulkenberg making a mistake and that the backmarkers - Kovalainen especially - contributed to the accident by not obeying blue flags instructing them to move over for the race leaders.

For his part, Hamilton made it clear that he felt the incident had been down to Hulkenberg: "The dude did not even come and say sorry," he said. "That is what happens when you are racing with the less experienced."

As for Hulkenberg, he was looking on the bright side of things.

"Fifth place is still a super result to end the season and I think the team did an excellent job this weekend. I hope they enjoyed the race - it's a nice leaving present in my last race," he said, as he exits the team to join Sauber in 2013.




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Booboo - Unregistered

November 26, 2012 1:19 PM

Drive through penalties are getting ridiculous, soon drivers will fear going for an overtake in case they get penalised. Nico's move wasn't stupid, he just got caught out, a mistake, and he paid for it by spinning and damaging his car. Ok he took Hamilton out too but thats racing. If he had made a ludicrous lunge from miles back then ok give him a penalty, but this was harsh imho.

FlashF1 - Unregistered

November 26, 2012 5:34 PM

richard Your anti-Hamilton bias is becoming tiresome. Try to post a comment with a modicum of intelligence sometime. Hulkenberg should not have been penalised for simply making a mistake but the mistake was all his. It is clear to any fair-minded person that no blame can be apportioned to Hamilton.



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