Hamilton won the Spanish Grand Prix after a race-long battle with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.
Vettel eventually made it past Bottas with a bold move into the first corner.
Despite starting on the dirtier side of the track, Vettel drew alongside Hamilton on the long run down to turn one before hugging the inside line to take the lead.
"It was an unfortunate start to the race which ultimately finished it also", he said. "It was as close as it could be".
"In the heat of the moment it's hard to know from the outside, I felt like I ran out of road but was alongside". It wasn't good enough.
"There was nothing me or Max could have done, when you get hit from behind in that way there's no way to avoid the collision", he said. It is the rawest fight I can remember having for some time, which I loved. But since the Ferrari was on the inside, Vettel managed to take away the lead from Hamilton.
After being edged into second place during a contest that delighted the crowd in Catalonia, Vettel said: "I was pushing".
It was Verstappen's second DNF of the season, but after watching the replays back, admitted it was just bad luck which eliminated him from the race he won in 2016. I was good when I got out of the auto but jumping into.
"When I came out of the pits I was surprised it was close because I thought I had eight seconds in hand".
Lewis Hamilton roared back into serious contention for a fourth drivers' world title on Sunday when he drove to a well-judged victory for Mercedes in a dramatic Spanish Grand Prix.
"The laps after, I was doing everything to stay ahead". I think we are very different but I don't think that matters.
However, Mercedes' strategy decision paid off as he was able to attack Vettel, and he regained the lead on Lap 44 with a relatively straightforward pass.
Stewards investigated the incident but ruled that no driver was wholly to blame.
The race started with Lewis Hamilton on pole, ahead of Sebastian Vettel, Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen. We came out so close together, which was super tight into Turn 1.
Verstappen added, "It's just unfortunate".
"A lot of the races that we do with the type of racing that we sometimes have to do, where you're saving fuel, like in the last race for example [in Russia], I couldn't push because the auto was overheating".
Had it not been for a midrace Virtual Safety Car, Ricciardo may well have been at risk of being lapped by the front-running duo.
Daniel Ricciardo was happy to claim his first podium finish of the season when third behind victor Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel in the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix.
"This feels good", said Ricciardo.
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