Fortunately, Hulkenberg emerged unscathed from the wreck, which occurred just moments after the chequered flag at the final Formula 1 race of the season.
Compatriot Kimi Raikkonen, the 2007 world champion, retired seven laps into his final race with Ferrari as his auto cruised to a halt on the pit straight, triggering a virtual safety vehicle and Hamilton's early stop.
"So I think you'll see him around McLaren, he remains part of the family, and where his influence will come in is helping our two drivers, he knows Carlos [Sainz Jr] pretty well, he's gotten to know Lando [Norris] very well, so he'll be a big benefit there".
The Brit stormed to first place on the grid for Sunday's race as his team-mate Valtteri Bottas qualified in second place.
Renault's Nico Hulkenberg emerged unhurt from a frightening-looking accident in which he was pitched into a roll and landed upside down in a first-lap clash with Romain Grosjean's Haas.
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Veteran Spanish driver Fernando Alonso placed 11th with McLaren in his last F1 race with the team.
The Halo hindered the marshals' attempts to free Hulkenberg and they had to right the auto before he could climb out, thankfully free of injury.
Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo was third fastest in the second practice, followed by Hamilton.
Still, he's a hugely respected driver - arguably one of the greats.
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"The auto balance wasn't quite as good as it has been in previous qualifying sessions, I wasn't able to get what I wanted out of the lap. I want it even more", Ricciardo said.
The safety marshals were quickly on the scene before the flames went out, but the German was in his vehicle for more than three minutes during the harrowing incident.
He told Sky Sports: "I'd imagine it's going to be Sebastian and Valtteri alongside me but Red Bull they've got a great auto, they've been very strong at the end of the year". I hope so, because that would be epic if Red Bull could start to mingle with us a little more weekend in, weekend out.
Raikkonen retired from his last race for Ferrari, which began in 2007 Hamilton said after 83rd career pole: "I'm so grateful for the mechanics who put this [car] together for me".
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