Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Terrifying moment Niko Hulkenberg flips over and car sets on fire in horror crash

THIS is the terrifying moment Nico Hulkenberg was shunted into the air on the first lap at Yas Marina.

He came to a stop against the barriers upside down before catching fire.

 Nico Hulkenburg suffered a horror crash early in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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Nico Hulkenburg suffered a horror crash early in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
 Nico Hulkenberg's Renault ended up upside down after the incredible smash

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Nico Hulkenberg's Renault ended up upside down after the incredible smash

Hulkenberg was stuck for THREE MINUTES and radioed: “Get me out. I’m hanging here like a cow.  There’s fire!”

Marshals dashed to put out the blaze then rolled his car upright.

It allowed German Hulkenberg to escape to the medical centre for precautionary checks before being given the all clear.

The Renault driver said: “That was the first time for me having the car on the roof,  I was sitting tight waiting for the marshals and they reacted very quickly.

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 Nico Hulkenberg's car set on fire as it smashed into the hoardings

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Nico Hulkenberg's car set on fire as it smashed into the hoardings
 Nico Hulkenberg's car went airborne during the horrific crash

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Nico Hulkenberg's car went airborne during the horrific crash

“It wasn’t the most comfortable situation. There was also a little barbecue at the back — I just wanted to get out.”

Hulkenberg went spinning when he was clipped by Romain Grosjean before his car hit the crash barriers and ended up in flames .

Haas racer Grosjean said: “I am very sorry for him — but there was nowhere I could go.”

Governing body the FIA added: “Hulkenberg was shaken up as you might expect but no injuries are suspected.

“It was a dramatic incident but everyone did a great job.”

 Niko Hulkenberg's car ended up in flames after incident

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Niko Hulkenberg's car ended up in flames after incident

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THIS is the terrifying moment Nico Hulkenberg was shunted into the air on the first lap at Yas Marina.