Nico Hulkenberg says there was no warning his front-wing was about to fail spectacularly during the Hungarian Grand Prix as he saw a potential top five finish escape him at the Hungaroring.

An eventful weekend for the Force India team after Sergio Perez's roll in Friday practice, the outfit suffered yet more component-related drama in the race when Hulkenberg's front-wing disintegrated under braking for turn one on lap 40.

Spearing into the barriers, though Hulkenberg was unhurt in the high-speed crash, the exit did arguably scupper his chances of a strong finish in the VJM08 having been running ahead of eventual second place finisher Daniil Kvyat at the time of his exit.

Indeed, while Hulkenberg could take heart from the strong race pace of the recently-launched car, he says the reliability issues are a concern for him.

"It's a shame we lost the opportunity to get a great result today. I didn't have much warning that there was a problem with the front wing - there was a harsh vibration just before it broke and after that I was heading straight into the barriers. The final impact was not too bad because that part of the track is well protected and it absorbed the energy nicely.

"Up until the accident, things were looking very positive: I had made a great start and was racing with the Red Bulls, which shows the step forward we have made with the b-spec car. The good news is that we have time over the next week to analyse what happened today and get the solutions in place before the summer break.

"Reliability has been a real strength of ours this season so it's unusual for us to have these issues and the team will do its homework before we arrive in Spa. I go into the summer break knowing that we are competitive and that we can have a strong second half of the season."



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