McLaren Sainz's driver and Red Bull Verstappen's rival contacted Turn 4 at the start of the race when the Spaniard attempted to hand over the Dutchman to fifth.
Verstappen finished in fourth position and was stopped only by diving from the late safety car that prevented him from overtaking the ill-fated Ferrari by Charles Leclerc.
McLaren's retired Sainz car with a few laps to enter the race, and the Spanish driver revealed that finishing points was unlikely due to a gearbox problem with which he had all the races.
"I'm trying to look at the positives," said Senz. "Good start, good first lap, the cars in front did not open the gap and I could stay with the six without any problems.
"I did not think we would end up in the points because my
" We had a gearbox problem that made us lose almost a second of a lap, so if I had overtaken Verstappen, I would be fifth and then this would suddenly have a problem with the gearbox, then it would be even more dramatic. "
When asked if he felt he was on the podium, he said," I prefer not to think about it. "
Sainz marked his clash with Verstappen as" racing, "but said the Dutchman he hit him very hard.
Well, it's a race, these are incidents, all I can say is that I started well, I did everything I needed, and tried everything I had to try And finally I got worse on mine it was a lot to break through because he struck me hard and was both out of the race, and he was lucky to continue, but he struck me very hard and it was all. "
Verstappen, on the other hand, Sainz has probably not seen his Red Bull.
The Stewards were investigating the incident and thought there was no further action.
"He tried to get out of the way and the detour was delayed, I suppose he did not see me," Vertapapin said.
"In these cars you are blind to what is happening to you, I stopped late and saw that it turned into a corner, so I had to take action to avoid, we cut the wheels and it was a pity."