Lewis Hamilton says his first lap collision with Nico Rosberg won't change their dynamic at Mercedes and has apologised to the team for missing out on an opportunity for victory in Spain.
The reigning F1 world champion dramatically connected with his team-mate at turn four on the opening lap which sent both Mercedes out of the race while battling for the lead.
After Rosberg gained a slip stream into turn one to pass his team-mate Hamilton looked to strike back down the inside of the German at turn four.
However, Rosberg had switched into the wrong engine setting which reduced his speed and while attempting to block the pair collided with Hamilton spinning on to the grass before collecting his team-mate at the entry to the corner.
An extensive debrief between the two drivers, team boss Toto Wolff and senior engineers analysed the accident and decided it was a racing incident, backed up by the FIA with neither driver serving a penalty, and Wolff refused to blame either driver.
Hamilton says the manner of his early exit hurt him the most but says it won't change how either driver competes in the future.
“I have already apologised to the team. That was the most gutting thing when I stopped, just thinking about all these things that worked so hard in this team to give me an opportunity to race today,” Hamilton said. “To not deliver for them, it's a very painful experience for all of us.
“I got a good start, I just got slipstreamed into Turn 1 and then through Turn 3 I was a lot quicker than Nico. Nico just happened to be in the wrong engine mode and I was gaining at him at fairly decent pace.
“Where he positioned the car, I was a car width to the right of the racing line and at the speed I was catching him I had to decide whether to go left, which is a small gap, or right. The inside line is always the one you'd go for, there was a much bigger gap and I went for it. I did what I could to avoid an incident pretty fast by going on the grass.”
“The real feeling I have is disappointment for the team. I'm sure everyone has an opinion about it but it doesn't make any difference, what's important is that we go to the next race and make sure it doesn't happen again.
“It doesn't change anything. We'll just keep racing, we'll obviously try to make sure this doesn't happen again and that's it.”