Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen have both shrugged off the collision between themselves and Valtteri Bottas at the start of the Spanish Grand Prix as a racing incident.
The trio attempted to navigate the right handed first turn three abreast with Bottas’s Mercedes to the inside and Verstappen around the outside, but contact between Bottas and Raikkonen sent the Ferrari into the Red Bull, breaking both their suspensions and virtually ending the pair’s races on the spot.
“It’s just unfortunate,” says Verstappen. “I tried around the outside and I think as long as Valtteri doesn’t touch Kimi, everything is fine.
“We could’ve given each other space but unfortunately Valtteri touched Kimi and of course then Kimi couldn’t control the car and he just slammed into me.”
Raikkonen’s account of the incident also reflected those of the Red Bull driver.
“Obviously it all started when I got hit on the right-rear corner, my car jumped a little bit and obviously you can’t control a lot after that,” says Raikkonen. “Then we came together with Max (Verstappen) but it all started from the first touch. What can you do?”
Bottas’s Mercedes emerged unscathed from the collision, but he too would fail to finish the race following a power unit failure mid-way through the grand prix.
“I was on the inside for Turn One, Kimi came from the outside and tried to overtake me from there,” Bottas says of the collision.
“I tried to carry speed. For sure, we didn’t collide on purpose. It’s a shame that we collided and I think the race ended up there. So I think that was very, very unlucky for those guys with just a small touch, really.”
The clash was investigated by the stewards, who ultimately decided that no action was necessary.
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