By contrast, Verstappen's first Spanish Grand Prix since winning previous year was ended by an early incident that also involved Kimi Raikkonen and Bottas. Thomas also joined the Ferrari mechanics beneath the podium to watch Raikkonen's team-mate Sebastian Vettel receive his trophy for finishing second behind race victor Lewis Hamilton. However, Bottas had the inside line, and appeared to brake earlier than his rivals, allowing Verstappen and Raikkonen, who were also side by side, to swing around him around the outside.
Bottas was not penalized after an investigation, but Verstappen himself held a similar view of the incident, saying Raikkonen was blameless for the contact that ultimately ended both of their races.
Television cameras caught the reaction of a child in Ferrari team gear who was in tears after Raikkonen's premature exit.
As he did in Russia, Mercedes driver Bottas made a great start from third on the grid and one stage was level with teammate Lewis Hamilton on the run down to Turn 1.More news: Celtics blow out Wizards 123-101
Later he joined the Ferrari mechanics at the end of the race to see the podium presentation for the top three drivers. If Valtteri had not touched Kimi, we all would have had enough room to get through that corner. "I tried to go around the outside as there was plenty of room there." explained Verstappen after the race.
"Kimi couldn't control the auto and slammed into me".
"The start was good, again, the getaway was nice and I was catching up very quickly on the guys in front".
"It was unfortunate. When you're on the outside you know it's a bit tricky, I was just giving a bit of space, but then I got a Ferrari slamming into me". Sometimes you have a bit of luck, like last year, sometimes you don't as we can see this year. "I think I got the maximum out of the vehicle today and moving on to Monaco we will have a few more updates, which will hopefully give us another step".