Nico Hulkenberg escapes unhurt after huge barrel roll crash in Abu Dhabi GP

The Renault driver was left hanging upside down in his car

2y ago

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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Comments (17)

  • Well it definitely prevented him from being decapitated before the fire even started.

      2 years ago
  • You could hear the fear in his voice and I'm not surprised

    I always thought HALO would survive or be scrapped based on the first "accident" that happened after it was installed. If someone was saved from a major head injury = success. If someone got trapped and burned alive = failure.

    In other news, WRC is 100 times more exciting than watching a Mercedes drive round alone in a circle for 2 hours ;-)

      2 years ago
  • It's a shame Guido van der Garde wasn't as good behind the wheel of an F1 car as he is with a smartphone! 🤣

      2 years ago
  • Formula 1 is the most boring form of motor racing there is

      2 years ago
  • So we've seen a few incidents earlier in the season where people have launched straight into praise for the halo claiming more than once that 'it has just saved a life'. Imo this is the only incident this season where the halo has had any influence at all and what was the result? A driver trapped upside down in a burning car.....

      2 years ago
    • The halo made absolutely no difference to his ability to get out, you can see looking that he'd still be stuck in the halls absence

        2 years ago