Hülkenberg: Magnussen a 'wannabe Verstappen'
2 August 2017 – Nico Hülkenberg has called Kevin Magnussen a "wannabe" Max Verstappen following their clash and war of words at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Hülkenberg, delayed by a slow pit-stop, attempted to pass Magnussen around the outside of Turn 2, but was forced wide and onto the grass.
Magnussen held onto the position but stewards handed the Haas racer a five-second time penalty for his actions, along with two penalty points.
Magnussen's sanction dropped him from 11th to 13th, and he was approached by Hülkenberg in the press pen while speaking to assembled media.
"Once again, you're the most unsporting driver on the grid," Hülkenberg told Magnussen, with the latter responding "suck my balls, honey".
Hülkenberg went on to describe Magnussen as an "asshole" in his own post-race interviews, and has now followed up his complaint.
"I wish that as many people were excited about the race as this little skirmish," he commented, speaking to Germany's Sport1.
"We have other challenges at the moment in Formula 1 than the balls of a wannabe Verstappen.
"With Kevin, it's like having a little brother; you know that he cannot help himself, and that's why it's easy to take his remarks with a smile on your face."
Hülkenberg insists that he will not change his approach in the wake of an incident.
"I'm not somebody who's bothered by such an action in the race, nor do I need to insult anybody, so if I have a problem, I'll go and say what I think," he added.
"But fans are happy to see sport in which you can openly compete and express your thoughts, which makes Formula 1 so fun, especially with hot-headed, sensitive people."