Lewis Hamilton’s Bahrain Grand Prix ran into trouble on the very first lap when he suffered a slow getaway and got hit by Valtteri Bottas.
Although Hamilton started from pole position he found himself behind team-mate Nico Rosberg as they entered the first corner at the Sakhir circuit.
Dropping back Hamilton got caught out in the scrum for track position and was hit by the Williams of Valtteri Bottas, who knocked him sideward and damaged his W07.
The Brit still managed to race to a podium position, finishing third behind Rosberg and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.
“Two separate incidents, both equally painful,” he said.
“I still managed to get back up there and get some points. Again, damage limitation.
“Congratulations to Nico, seemed a fairly easy race for him.
“I’m glad that it wasn’t more points lost as I could easily have not finished the race.”
He added: “I had so much damage on the car and I couldn’t keep up with Kimi.
“I was fighting the rear and I did what I could with it.
“At the end, I was trying to keep the tyres alive and make the most of a late Safety Car or something.”
Hamilton later revealed that it was a driver issue and not a problem with his car that resulted in his tardy getaway.
“I think it was just a bad getaway from myself, I don’t think it was anything technical,” he explained.