Hulkenberg: A bit too keen on my part
Nico Hulkenberg says there was nothing wrong with his RS18 that led to Sunday’s Belgian GP crash, rather it was down to “a misjudgement from my side.”
Hulkenberg caused a multi-car pile up at the start of the Spa race when he went a bit too deep on the brakes into the first corner.
The German collected Fernando Alonso and sent him airborne over the head of Charles Leclerc.
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All three drivers escaped unhurt but retired from the race on the spot.
“No, no problem,” Hulkenberg said when asked if there was any issue with his Renault.
“It is just incredible to often find out again on Lap 1 how sensitive these cars are with aerodynamics.
“When you have a few cars that bunch up in front of you, how much grip and load you lose.
“I hit the brakes and obviously I instantly locked up the front wheels and just went sliding into Fernando [Alonso].
“Yeah, probably a misjudgement from my side, a bit too late on the brakes.
“A bit took keen, and frustrating for him, Charles [Leclerc] and myself.”
As for what punishment could await him later Sunday, the German would not be drawn on whether he felt his actions deserved sanctions.
He added: “I don’t know, I didn’t see for myself if it affected them, but we will see for sure, Fernando and Charles.
“We have to go to the stewards at 5:30 and lay it all out.”
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