Hulkenberg: No sympathy for rule-breakers

Date published: October 27 2018

Nico Hulkenberg has no sympathy for rule-breakers

Nico Hulkenberg says he doesn’t feel sorry for Haas or Force India after both teams had one car disqualified from the United States GP.

Haas’ Kevin Magnussen was booted out of the Austin race for using more than the allotted fuel during the grand prix while Esteban Ocon’s Force India was found to have exceeded the fuel-flow limit on the opening lap.

The duo were disqualified from the race.

This played into Renault’s hands as they now hold a 22-point advantage over Haas with Force India down in seventh place.

“I don’t feel sorry,” Hulkenberg told Autosport.

“There’s reasons why that happened, there were errors and mistakes.

“There’s rules and they were broken. This is the end result and the punishment and nope, we’re fighting them, so we won’t give any goodie bags to them.

“If they use more fuel than allowed then I’m not going to feel sorry for them.”

With three races remaining the German is holding down best of the rest in the championship.

His 61 points have put him four clear of Sergio Perez.

“The drivers’ championship is one thing and of course I’d like to be seventh, but much more important that we secure fourth on the teams’ side,” said Hulkenberg.

“We just need to keep doing what we did in Austin.

“Here the momentum helps us a bit, on paper this track looks similar characteristic to Austin, so we should be reasonably competitive here.”

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