Hulkenberg slams "nasty" Magnussen after post-race spat

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Hulkenberg slams "nasty" Magnussen after post-race spat
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Jul 30, 2017, 2:57 PM

Nico Hulkenberg lambasted Formula 1 rival Kevin Magnussen as "nasty" after they argued over their Hungarian Grand Prix clash in front of television crews.

Kevin Magnussen, Haas F1
 Nico Hulkenberg, Renault Sport F1 Team RS17
 Kevin Magnussen, Haas F1 Team
 Kevin Magnussen, Haas F1 Team VF-17
 Nico Hulkenberg, Renault Sport F1 Team RS17
Nico Hulkenberg, Renault Sport F1 Team RS17

Hulkenberg had found himself stuck behind the Dane in the closing stages of the race after a very slow pitstop, as his mechanics had struggled to change the right-rear wheel on his Renault RS17.

On fresher soft tyres and with seemingly better pace, he ran close behind the Haas for many laps but couldn't make a move stick to take 11th place from Magnussen.

Eventually, their battle reached a tipping point on lap 61 of 70, with Hulkenberg trying to get around the Haas on the outside of the Turn 2 left-hander and Magnussen forcing him off onto the grass.

The Renault driver subsequently dropped behind Daniil Kvyat and then retired in the pitlane, while Magnussen carried on, incurring a five-second penalty, which dropped him from 11th to 13th at the chequered flag.

During post-race media scrums, Hulkenberg could be seen approaching Magnussen and sarcastically commending him for being "once again the most unsporting driver".

To that, Magnussen replied: "Suck my balls, honey."

Speaking to NBC after the run-in, Hulkenberg said: "I congratulated him for most unsporting driver of the whole grid once again. When it comes to racing, he's just nasty.

"Hard defending is fine but when he does this, it's just ruthless and sending people into the wall.

"What he did there, opening up the steering, making me run wide, it's just being an a**hole basically.

"We had really nice words, he said [suck my balls], that was his return, so it's quite interesting with him, yeah."

Hulkenberg said he would bring the issue up with race direction: "I'll go and speak to Charlie [Whiting].

"I hear he [Magnussen] got a bit of a penalty, five seconds, but in his mind he won't care about that too much."

Magnussen was not the only Haas driver Hulkenberg had clashed with in Hungary, as the Renault man also had a Turn 1 coming together with Romain Grosjean at the start – the Frenchman forced wide and losing positions as a result.

The incident was investigated, with the stewards opting to take no further action.

Having seen that clash, Magnussen radioed in to his team: "I mean, if you can do what Hulkenberg did to Romain, then it's going to be a dirty race."

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