Nico Hulkenberg has said he is disappointed that he was unable to race at the 2013 Formula One season opener.
The German driver had qualified in 11th position however hydraulic problems coupled with a qualifying session that took place just six hours prior to the actual race start meant he was unable to get his car fixed in time.
“I’m bitterly disappointed about what happened today,” Hulkenberg explained. “But at the same time I’m not blaming anyone. Things like this happen in racing.
“What is particularly bothering me is the fact that I lost all this mileage today, which is so important particularly at the beginning of the season. It would have given me a lot of valuable data and information for the next races.
“Obviously, Melbourne is not a good place for me. It was my third grand prix here and the third time that I leave this place empty handed. The only good thing is that the next race takes place next weekend.”