The duo were fighting over place as they approached the Turn 8/9 chicane at the end of their Yas Marina Circuit’s straight.
They both locked up and went deep into Turn 8, but Grosjean stayed on Hulkenberg’s right-handed side for the apex of Turn 9 and they touched wheels — sending the German motorist into a dramatic series of springs towards the barriers on the border of the trail.
“swaying Romain into Turn 8 — we both locked up, I went wide, he went even wider so I thought that he ran off the trail and I’d Turn 9 to myself ’therefore why I went to the apex.
“It seemed spectacular, [but] not a hard wreck — no G effect — no problem from that point of view.
“Nevertheless, disappointing because it’s a of a race weekend and also to be out so is always very tough to swallow and frustrating. ”
“On the right I’d the barrier anyhow and there was a gap that is tiny.
“It had been the first time for me also to wind up in the car on the roof. I sat tight waiting for the marshals and they reacted very fast and got out me. ”