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Force India’s run of collecting points in every race this season ended at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday with a double retirement, marking the third straight year at the Hungaroring where the team failed to score.
Nico Hulkenberg, who along with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was the only driver to have scored a point in every race this season ahead of the weekend, ended his streak following a collision with his teammate Sergio Perez on lap 14 of 70.
"It was not the best day in the office and I'm feeling very disappointed,” said the German. “The track was drying out and I was quite close behind Checo when I made contact with him at the final corner.
“The previous lap he had taken a much wider line so I tried to overtake on the inside, but he took a tighter line and I couldn't back out of the move. I made contact with his car, lost my front wing and went straight on into the barrier.
“It was my mistake and I've apologised to the team,” said Hulkenberg, who remains the highest placed driver without a podium this season.
Hulkenberg had scored points in 12 consecutive races, which started at the United States GP last year when he raced for Sauber.
It was also Force India’s first double retirement since the Malaysian GP last year, 28 races ago after Perez ended his race on lap 22 when he went a little wide on the exit kerb of the final corner, lost the rear and ended in the wall on the start-finish straight.
"Conditions were very difficult, the track was drying and improving, and it made you want to push to the limit, but there were some wet patches that could catch you out," a disappointed Perez explained.
In the preceding race at Germany, Force India had matched their record of ten consecutive races in the points, which stretched from the 2012 Belgian GP to the 2013 season-opener in Australia.
Force India remains fifth in the championship, heading into the mid-season break, just a solitary point ahead of McLaren.