"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.