Nico Hulkenberg was trapped as his Renault caught on hearth throughout a dramatic opening-lap crash in Components One’s season-closing Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Hulkenberg’s automotive flipped via the air one and a half occasions earlier than touchdown the unsuitable approach up after he made contact with the Haas of Romain Grosjean via the right-handed flip 9.

“Get me out,” Hulkenberg yelled over the radio. “There’s hearth. There’s hearth.”

The flames went out as observe marshals unexpectedly arrived on the scene.

Sam Smith, the British popstar standing with Spice Lady Geri Horner within the Purple Bull storage, watched on open-mouthed as Hulkenberg was belted into his automotive for greater than three minutes.

F1’s necessary halo gadget – the three-pronged security design launched to the game for this yr – meant the German couldn’t slide out.

His automotive was ultimately turned over, and Hulkenberg was assisted out of his cockpit, seemingly with out damage.

“I’m very sorry for him, however there was nowhere I may go,” Grosjean mentioned to his staff.

Hulkenberg was taken to the medical centre the place F1’s governing physique, the FIA, reported he was shaken, however had no apparent accidents.

They added that the 31-year-old German will probably be noticed by medical employees for a time period earlier than he’s launched. He was match sufficient to stroll.

Nico Hulkenberg web price

Hulkenberg was born on August 19, 1987 in Emmerich am Rhein, Germany, making him 31 years previous.

He joined Components 1 in 2007 with Williams on a check contract earlier than being confirmed as a race driver in 2010.

The German went on to race for Drive India and Sauber earlier than becoming a member of Renault in 2017.

In keeping with The Richest, Hulkenberg has an estimated web price of $1.6million (£1.25m).

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