Raikkonen, Verstappen blame Bottas for clash

Ted Kravitz gives his thoughts on Saturday's qualifying session at the Spanish Grand Prix

Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen were eliminated on the first lap of the Spanish GP on Sunday at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain. 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.

But Raikkonen was also of the view that Bottas had triggered the chain reaction.

"I got hit on the right rear corner, I think it was Bottas, and then obviously the vehicle jumped because of that and I went into Max".

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.

As Raikkonen climbed from his vehicle Formula One Management's world feed, used by F1 broadcasters around the world, then showed a distraught young boy, decked out in Ferrari gear with his mother, in tears in the grandstand.

"It's just unfortunate", Verstappen said.

"I got hit in the right rear corner, in the rear wheel".

In taking that momentous win, the Dutch teenager benefited from a crash between race favorites Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg when their dueling Mercedes collided just three turns after the start.

"The auto was behaving well - in qualifying I didn't put a very good lap together but apart from that we've been quite happy all weekend".

"I was inside for Turn One, Kimi came from outside and tried to overtake from there", said the Mercedes driver.

Verstappen added: "You can clearly see what happened - Valtteri hitting Kimi and then of course it was hard for Kimi to control the auto, so he then slammed into me".

He added: "I don't think it's impossible to catch the leaders at some point, maybe it will take a little longer than we had hoped but we will get there". Sometimes you have a bit of luck, like last year, sometimes you don't as we can see this year.

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