German Nico Hulkenberg has set an unwanted F1 record, and taken it with exceptionally good humour.

The 30-year-old German raced to his 129th start without a podium finish in Singapore, pipping his compatriot Adrian Sutil's horror mark set in 2014.

Renault's Hulkenberg was fully prepared for the record low, saying before the latest F1 race: "The Sutil era is ending, and the Hulkenberg era begins. I have waited a long time and worked really hard to have this record."

Hulkenberg has had a couple of chances to break his duck. But he blew a lead in the 2012 Brazilian GP with a crash and had an altercation with the barriers in Azerbaijan this year when he might have finished in the top three.


Hulkenberg - who did taste A1 GP triumph in New Zealand 10 years ago - was running fourth in the Singapore GP when he was hit by a hydraulic problem with only minutes left in the race, and did not finish.

Brit Lewis Hamilton won the race at Marina Bay, the Mercedes driver triumphing after Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen crashed out on the first corner. Hamilton leads the world championship by 28 points.