After being overtaken on the first bend, Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton fought back to pass Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and claim his second win of the season.
"I don't remember having a race like this for a long time where I was able to be on the limit as hard as I was and stay in a battle".
"I was surprised that when I came out we were so close", Vettel said.
Vettel can take heart, however, from the fact that the difference between the victor and runner-up came down to a choice of team strategy that went Mercedes' way.
Hamilton says he sensed Vettel was angry after his Ferrari Formula 1 rival was defeated in Spain.
Lewis Hamilton won a strategic Spanish Grand Prix thriller to cut Sebastian Vettel's overall lead in the Formula One championship to six points with a quarter of the season completed. Find us on Facebook too! And what I really admire is their consistency - one misplaced shot or the ball into the net can mean the whole game - and their concentration. The German finished second, while Ricciardo arrived to the finish line 1 minute later in third. He added his hopeful 12th-place finish to the leg of Spanish ham that a fan handed him over a barbed-wire fence while he was greeting his home supporters before the race.
The key moment came on lap 34 when Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne of McLaren crashed into Brazilian Felipe Massa s Williams to trigger the VSC.
Bottas still played a major part in Hamilton's win, helping to delay Vettel long enough to enable the Briton to recoup vital seconds.More news: Braun Strowman could be out six months after elbow surgery
Daniel Ricciardo scored a first podium finish of the season, but the fact that the Red Bull was over a minute and a quarter behind the lead two drivers takes a bit of the shine away from the result. "It was a tough physical battle with Seb and I'm so happy to get the win", he said afterwards.
The only other retirement of the day was Bottas, whose engine was smoking as he pulled to a halt off track.
"So we timed it perfectly, credit to James [Vowles, chief strategist] and the strategists, and that pit stop obviously was much faster than Sebastian's afterwards, and that was down to Lewis to take him on track and it was very tight on the exit with Sebastian, quite some racing going on there and obviously a very, very fearless move, then on the straight and taking the lead".
With Hamilton sounding breathless on team radio throughout the race and admitting it was a challenge physically, Wolff highlighted the radio messages as evidence of how intense the fight was.
Sergio Perez who is representing Force India finished 4th and ensured that his points table kept ticking for the past 15 races successively.
The next race will be held at Monaco in two weeks from today, and this is one of the most spectacular races in the F1 caravan.
Sainz spent an terrible lot of his race behind Wehrlein's Sauber after some brilliant strategy allied to a brilliant drive from the young German enabled the Swiss team to hold track position over Toro Rosso and Haas, as five cars chased auto number 94.