Nico Hulkenberg has backed team-mate Sergio Perez in the row with Felipe Massa over who caused the accident at the end of the Canadian Grand Prix.

Perez was given a five-place grid penalty for this weekend's Austrian Grand Prix as a result of the incident at Turn 1 in Canada, when Massa and Perez collided at high speed at the start of the final lap. Massa said after the race in Montreal that the punishment was not big enough, while Perez maintained that Massa was at fault, and when asked by if he had an opinion on who caused the collision Hulkenberg sided with his team-mate over the incident.

"At the end of the race the heat is on, the tyres are degrading - we had older tyres because we were one-stopping than a two-stopper of course - and just before Sergio had to defend and he drove on to the marbles," Hulkenberg said. "I did that as well and when you drive on to marbles and try to race again you have very little grip.

"I usually think that if someone drives at the back of another car then he's at fault."

Hulkenberg was one of the drivers to profit as he finished fifth overall to take his championship points tally to 57, and says his target is to score more than 100 points this season.

"The target for us as a team is to maintain where we are in terms of position, and for me personally I would like to reach the 100-point mark.

"I'm more than halfway there. If you stop scoring two-digit points it will get harder. So it will be hard enough I think."

And Hulkenberg believes he will have a chance of scoring strong points again in Austria due to the track characteristics at the Red Bull Ring.

"It will be OK - similar to Montreal I think. I've never driven here so we will have to wait and see tomorrow, but it looks like an engine track as well; a lot of straight lines and a lot of up and down hill. It looks pretty fun to drive, especially the middle sector with the two high-speed left handers, so I'm curious to know what it's like."



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