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Nico Hulkenberg left puzzled by 'very strange' Lewis Hamilton incident

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Force India Formula One driver Nico Hulkenberg has questioned the decision by stewards to determine that Lewis Hamilton didn't gain an advantage by going across turn one at the start of the Mexican Grand Prix.

Hamilton led from pole position but locked his front right tyre on turn one, resulting in the British driver cutting the grass and missing the turn two apex entirely.

This kind of incident would usually be investigated and examined, however, in this instance, no further action was taken in relation to the event.


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Hulkenberg was left bemused by the incident, with the German saying: "Lewis' start thing was very strange, I mean if that's not gaining an advantage then I don't know what is gaining an advantage.

"Had there been a gravel trap or a wall he would have been in big trouble."

In relation to the lack of any investigation after the race, he added: "I was surprised afterwards that it wasn't even looked at."

Hamilton, who went on to win the Grand Prix, was almost called into the pits after the incident, as his car was left severely damaged.

The reigning World Champion spoke after the race about the damage, saying: "I honestly thought that I was going to have to come in.

"When I came out of the chicane I honestly thought I was coming in that lap and that was my race pretty much done."

He made it to lap 17 before having to change his damaged tyre.

The British driver currently trails his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg by 19 points after 19 races, so with two races left, it looks like the German will still be crowned champion come the end of the season.

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