The duo were fighting over place as they approached the Turn 8/9 chicane at the end of their ’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. ”

Nico Hulkenberg, Renault Sport F1 Team R.S. 18 and Romain Grosjean, Haas F1 Team VF-18 battle on lap one

, Sport F1 Team R.S. 18 and , VF-18 struggle on lap 1

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