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Abu Dhabi GP: Nico Hulkenberg 'had nowhere to go' at first corner

Nico Hulkenberg Force India Bruno Senna Williams 2012 Abu Dhabi GP

Nico Hulkenberg says he had nowhere to go in the first-corner accident that put him out of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The Force India driver was squeezed by team-mate Paul di Resta and Bruno Senna's Williams approaching Turn 1. The resultant contact spun Senna and left Hulkenberg's car too damaged to continue.

Hulkenberg had started from 11th position, but a bad start meant he dropped into the middle of the chasing pack.

"I made quite a bad start and had a poor run going into the first corner. Then I just got sandwiched by the cars around me go," Hulkenberg said.

"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."

Di Resta suffered a puncture in the accident and was forced to pit at the end of the first lap.

The safety car periods helped the British driver recover to ninth by the finish.

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