Hülkenberg: It was too late to avoid a collision
5 November 2012 – Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix featured 55 laps containing various overtakes, two Safety Car periods and several accidents. For Nico Hülkenberg, he saw only one corner of Yas Marina as the German was taken out of proceedings at the very first turn.
Bogging down from tenth on the grid, Hülkenberg found himself squeezed between team-mate Paul di Resta and Bruno Senna; this damaged his front wing and caused him to plough straight on into the Williams, which managed to rejoin and score points.
“I made quite a bad start and had a poor run going into the first corner,” Hülkenberg recalled. “Then I just got sandwiched by the cars around me go. I think there was my team-mate, a Sauber and a Williams around me and there was not enough space. I tried to back out of it, but it was too late. There was contact between the cars and that was my race over.”
Despite more incidents of his own, di Resta recovered from an early pit-stop and took advantage of the Safety Cars. He scored two points for ninth.