Nico Hulkenberg escapes unhurt after huge barrel roll crash in Abu Dhabi GP
The Renault driver was left hanging upside down in his car
There was huge relief among F1 personnel and fans alike after Nico Hulkenberg escaped unhurt after a huge crash on the opening lap of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The Renault driver had started from tenth on the grid and was battling in midfield on lap one of the race when he tangled with Haas's Romain Grosjean and was flipped into a terrifying barrel-roll.
His car turned over several times before coming to a stop upside down in the barrier.
There was relief all round when the German came on the radio to confirm he was unhurt – but he was unable to get himself out of the car.
"I’m hanging here like a cow," he said. "Get me out. There’s fire."
The marshals were soon on the scene and righted the car, before Hulkenberg climbed out, while Race Control deployed the safety car.
There was also word from the stewards within minutes that confirmed there was no action against Grosjean, with the accident branded a racing incident.
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