Nico Hulkenberg’s run of consecutive top 10 finishes has come to an end after he retired from today’s Hungarian Grand Prix.
The German’s exit means Fernando Alonso is now the only driver on the 2014 grid to have scored points in every race so far this season.
The Force India driver started from ninth on the grid but failed to make much progress early on, battling in the midfield pack.
However, a late attempt at overtaking his team-mate at the final corner on lap 14 caused the two to make contact, with Hulkenberg being forced to retire.
Perez was able to continue but he also crashed out of the race at the Hungaroring eight laps later after running wide at turn 14.
The Mexican ran wide and onto the wet exit kerb, losing control of his Mercedes-powered VJM07 and spinning across the circuit.
His car made heavy contact with the inside wall but fortunately he was able to walk away from the heavy crash unharmed.
The team has maintained fifth in the constructors’ championship, but Jenson Button’s 10th-place finish means McLaren edges one point closer to the Silverstone-based outfit.
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