As Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton would prove later in the race, getting two cars through Turn 1 side-by-side is hard enough – so going three-wide through the opening corner on the first lap was never likely to work out well. As you can see from this exclusive four-way onboard camera view, Valtteri Bottas kick-started the rapid chain reaction when, having braked much earlier than Vettel and Hamilton ahead, he tagged the rear of Kimi Raikkonen’s car, which had taken advantage and drawn alongside. The contact put the Ferrari on a collision course with the unfortunate Max Verstappen, who up until that point was looking likely to ride the outside line into third. The only consolation for the Dutchman and Raikkonen was that as they spilled back onto the circuit, suspension damaged, they weren’t collected by the onrushing field.


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