Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Nico Hulkenberg involved in horror crash as car flips over and sets on fire

NICO HULKENBERG was involved in a horror crash at today's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as his car flipped over and burst into flames.

The Renault driver, 31, incredibly escaped the smash unscathed after a dramatic incident during today's Formula One showdown.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Nico Hulkenberg involved in horror crash as car flips over and sets on fire5 Nico Hulkenburg suffered a horror crash early in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Nico Hulkenberg involved in horror crash as car flips over and sets on fire5 Nico Hulkenberg's Renault ended up upside down after the incredible smash

Hulkenberg was left trapped in the car until track staff came to his aid- prompting the yellow flags.

The medical centre later claimed Hulkenberg has "no obvious injuries" after the incredible scenes in Abu Dhabi.

A full statement read: "Hulkenberg has no obvious injuries.

"He's a bit shaken up but he's going to be observed for a time and then released."

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Nico Hulkenberg involved in horror crash as car flips over and sets on fire5 Nico Hulkenberg's car set on fire as it smashed into the hoardings
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Nico Hulkenberg involved in horror crash as car flips over and sets on fire5 Nico Hulkenberg's car went airborne during the horrific crash

At the time of the crash, Hulkenberg could be heard saying over the team radio saying: "I'm hanging here like a cow. There's fire. There's fire."

Lewis Hamilton started the race – the final showdown of the season – on pole.

It was the world champion's 11th of the season – and 83th of his career as he brings an end to his spectacular season.

The Brit stormed to first place on the grid for Sunday's race as his team-mate Valtteri Bottas qualified in second place.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Nico Hulkenberg involved in horror crash as car flips over and sets on fire5 Nico Hulkenberg ended up upside down after the disturbing crash
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