Vettel and Bottas collided on the run down to Turn 1 after the German locked up his front left tyre, hitting the side of Bottas' Mercedes.
Starting third behind Hamilton and Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, Vettel tried to use his faster set of tires to make a good start. Max had decent pace, but I could maintain the gap at around five seconds.
Through the carnage scythed Max Verstappen, who cut across the run-off area to seize second place from his crashed-out rivals. Both cars sustained damaged and were forced to pit for repairs.
The Ferrari driver had a one point lead heading into the Paul Ricard race, but Vettel admitted he was to blame for a crash with Valtteri Bottas that means he left France with a 14-point deficit to Lewis Hamilton.
Vettel temporarily earnt a position at the first pit stop window when Daniel Ricciardo, running in third, emerged from pit lane behind the Ferrari on lap 29, but the Australian rectified the situation with his fresher tyres five laps later to resume his place on the podium.
"I hope when we get to Austria, the journalists ask him if he will change his approach because that is what l heard for so many races", Verstappen said.
Ferrari's podium hopes fell back to Raikkonen, who was boosted by Ricciardo suffering debris damage to his front wing, slowing the Red Bull Racing vehicle enough to enable the Finn to cruise past him for third place on lap 47.
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"I think what you saw in Montreal in comparison to Le Castellet is that marginal gains matter", Wolff said.
Hamilton, who still felt Vettel should have been given more than a five-second penalty, and his rival have been full of mutual respect since their rivalry took off in earnest last season. "In the end we had a lot of speed and managed to get on the podium".
Rumours continue to circle around Fernando Alonso's F1 future, while the power struggle at Red Bull continues. "I think the Red Bulls have been quick there in the past because it's quite a good downforce circuit, so it'll be interesting". "He did no mistakes and the team worked ideal, so fantastic".
"Ultimately you shouldn't really be able to finish ahead of him if you took him out of the race".
Do you agree with Lewis Hamilton's assessment that the penalty that was issued to Sebastian Vettel was too lenient? But it makes me angry because they won't be as bad on him as they were on me.
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