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Nico Hulkenberg

Hulkenberg penalised after dicey Monaco GP race: 'I was all-in!'

Nico Hulkenberg explained his high-risk approach to the Monaco Grand Prix which resulted in race penalties and a P17 finish.

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Nico Hulkenberg had few regrets with his Monaco Grand Prix efforts after attempting to carve his way through the field from a P18 grid start.

The Haas driver was one of the big gainers on the opening lap of the race, and climbed a couple of positions before an overambitious pass on Logan Sargeant at Mirabeau drew the attention of the stewards.

He had pitted at the end of Lap 1 for a switch to Hard tyres in order to go to the end of the race, but the mid-race rain showers interrupted that plan.

Both he and teammate Kevin Magnussen lost out in the intensifying rain, with neither driver making a tyre strategy call capable of vaulting them up the order.

"From back there, you have to take some risks, make some ballsy moves, and take some ballsy decisions if you don't have the pace," Hulkenberg told media, including RacingNews365.com.

"You need to obviously try and push your luck and create an opportunity. We tried, but obviously it didn't pay off."

When asked about his opening lap tangle with Sargeant, Hulkenberg responded: "Do you know that poker move? I went all-in!"

"In my head was just going for it, and I didn't even realise that we had touched because I was looking in the corner already and trying not to hit the other car in front.

"I know it was a risky move, right on the edge. But, I had to do what I had to do."

The F1 returnee was handed a time penalty for the collision with Sargeant, and then handed a further penalty after the steward ruled that he hadn't served his original penalty correctly. He also acquired two penalty points on his F1 super licence.

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