McLaren team later said that Hulkenberg did eventually say "sorry".
In a wild conclusion to a chaotic contest, Hulkenberg's Force India team-mate, Paul di Resta, crashed two laps from the end, causing the race to finish behind a Safety Car.
Di Resta said: "When we went back to the intermediates in the closing stages, we were more competitive and I was up in eighth place. Unfortunately, with a lap to go, I aqua-planed in the final corner.
"It was a big hit with the wall but I'm alright."