Nico Hulkenberg has not regretted his efforts at the Monaco Grand Prix after trying to break through the field from the start of 18th.
The Haas driver was one of the top lap winners of the race and climbed several places before Logan Sargeant’s overly ambitious pass at Mirabeau caught the attention of the stewards.
He pitted at the end of lap 1 to switch to hard tires to finish the race, but mid-race rain interrupted this plan.
Both he and teammate Kevin Magnussen lost out in the intensifying rain, with neither driver using a tire strategy capable of jumping them over the top.
“From there you have to take some risks, make certain moves and make certain decisions if you don’t have the pace,” Hulkenberg told the media, including Racing News365.com.
“Of course you have to try to use your luck and create an opportunity. We tried, but of course it didn’t pay off.”
When asked about his entanglement with Sargeant on the first lap, Hulkenberg replied: “You know that poker move? I went all in!”
“It was just in my head and I didn’t even realize we touched because I was already looking into the corner and trying not to hit another 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 given a time penalty for colliding with a sergeant and then another penalty after the steward ruled he had failed to properly execute his original penalty. He also scored two penalty points on his super F1 licence.