Kimi Raikkonen brings joy to crying Ferrari fan

Daniel Ricciardo picked up Red Bull's first podium of the season with 3rd in Barcelona, while Max Verstappen suffered an early race retirement. The auto had been quite OK the whole weekend, so it is quite disappointing to finish the race in the first corner.

In addition to meeting Raikkonen, Thomas also joined the Ferrari mechanics beneath the podium to watch Raikkonen's team-mate Sebastian Vettel receive his trophy for finishing behind race victor Lewis Hamilton.

While Sebastian Vettel won the race against pole sitter Lewis Hamilton into the first turn, behind it wasn't so clean.

Bottas' slight nudge of Raikkonen caused a chain-reaction, sending Raikkonen into Verstappen.

The Dutchman was on the outside when Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas collided heading into Turn 1, with the Ferrari driver bouncing off the Mercedes and into Verstappen's Red Bull auto, eliminating both with suspension damage.

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"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".

"An unfortunate start to the race which ultimately finished it also", Verstappen said. If Valtteri had not touched Kimi, we all would have had enough room to get through that corner.

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". "I tried to go around the outside as there was plenty of room there." explained Verstappen after the race. When you get hit from behind there's not much you can do, so between Max and me there was nothing I could do. Then, into the first corner, I left him space and somehow he managed to touch my right rear corner. Unfortunately my race ended there.

"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".

  • Regina Holmes