Kimi Raikkonen says he would have taken second place after the opening three corners but once the Mercedes pair took each other out at turn four he rued it as a missed opportunity for a first win since Australia 2013.
The Ferrari driver suffered bad wheelspin off the line and duly dropped backwards through the order before going around the outside to recover to seventh place until the dramatic Mercedes collision promoted him to fifth before the safety car period.
After passing Sainz and selecting the optimum strategy of a two-stopper Raikkonen on the mediums struggled to get a shot at Verstappen and was forced to settle to second place, securing his third podium in the opening five races of the season.
Despite his points haul lifting him to second in the F1 drivers' championship Raikkonen leaves the Circuit de Catalunya ruing the missed opportunity of a first win since returning to Ferrari.
“I was able to catch the three cars in front of me and then with Max I could close but I could not follow close enough or get a good enough exit at the last corner because I was so close,” Raikkonen said. “Obviously I had a hard time trying to follow for so many laps.
“Disappointing not to win, but after yesterday and a bad start I'll take what we got today. We got points with two cars so it's going forward. It's always disappointing when you don't win, but when you get this close and still don't win it's harder.
“After yesterday if you'd offered us second we'd have taken it, but after what happened on the first lap with the Mercedes and all the rest, having the speed and not being able to challenge to make the pass it was not ideal but I'll take the points and go the next race and try again.”