Verstappen doesn't blame Raikkonen for first corner clash

It isn't clear who led this little fan to the Scuderia Ferrari camp later on during the race, but the NBC Sports broadcast showed footage of him on lap 51 after a replay of Raikkonen's wreck. "It was shame to not be able to take part in the race after the incident as I think with this weekend's upgrades it could have been fun and we could have got a good result".

Verstappen's race was over just seconds after it began when his auto was on the receiving end of a knock between Valtteri Bottas' Mercedes and Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari.

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

Daniel Ricciardo picked up Red Bull's first podium of the season with 3rd in Barcelona, while Max Verstappen suffered an early race retirement.

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

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While Raikkonen's teammate, Sebastian Vettel, was out fighting a losing battle for the race win against Lewis Hamilton, this kid was getting an experience worth much more than the price of a ticket to watch all of that go down.

"An unfortunate start to the race which ultimately finished it also", Verstappen said. "But unfortunately Valtteri touched Kimi and then Kimi couldn't control the auto and he slammed into me".

"I was inside for Turn One, Kimi came from outside and tried to overtake from there", said the Mercedes driver. Sometimes you have a bit of luck, like last year, sometimes you don't as we can see this year.

"I thought I had a lot of speed but I never really managed to make a good lap out of it". I chose to lift and go a little bit on the left to leave him space, but, I don't know how, he hit me on the right rear corner, my auto jumped and I end up going into Verstappen.

"The vehicle 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". Unfortunately my race ended there.

  • Lawrence Cooper