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Nico Hulkenberg frustrated with Massa collision penalty

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Nico Hulkenberg said it was "very disappointing and annoying" to be handed a grid penalty for his collision with Felipe Massa at the Singapore Grand Prix.

Hulkenberg came together with Massa at Turn 1 as the Williams driver left the pit lane on lap 14. Massa's Williams went into the side of Hulkenberg's car as the two vied for the same piece of tarmac on entry to the corner and sent the Force India driver into the wall and out of the race.

The incident immediately came under stewards review and they decided to hand Hulkenberg a three-place grid penalty for the Japanese Grand Prix before he had even had a chance to explain himself. Hulkenberg insists he was in front of Massa when the Brazilian left the pit lane and therefore the corner was his.

When asked his thoughts on the penalty, Hulkenberg said: "Yeah, quite frustrated. I mean two times, obviously, because the race looked promising and to finish that race, that early [with that incident] was very disappointing and annoying. I was on the racing line ahead - going into turn three - and he's coming out of the pits and touches me on the back.

"So a bit strange also - I also don't quite understand why the penalty's given right away and why we weren't even listening to what the different view were. But we'll see, I'll go back and speak to the team and move on."

Hulkenberg confirmed he had seen Massa as he left the pit lane but was sure his car was ahead as they approached the apex.

"I saw him coming out of the pit lane, but afterwards I knew I was in front and then I got hit in the back."