"But as I said at the start, I am exhausted of these questions and if I get any more I am going to head-butt someone".
But Ferrari often start weekends slowly only to leap up the timing sheets on Saturday when it matters, and Vettel was only 0.272secs behind Verstappen's pace-setting lap.
"It was not the most happiest of days", Raikkonen said back in the paddock.
Vettel called the incident "ridiculous" on the radio at the time, and questioned what the drivers involved - Valtteri Bottas, Nico Hulkenberg, Carlos Sainz and Kevin Magnussen - were doing.
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"Yesterday we had a scrappy day, we had an issue with the steering".
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Daniel Ricciardo, victorious in Monaco two weeks ago, was sixth in the second Red Bull as his team mate Verstappen, who had been fastest throughout practice, continued to deliver a ideal riposte to his critics. Overtaking is relatively straightforward, speeds are high and the cars are pushed to their limits; likewise, the concrete walls punish any mistakes heavily but the drivers need the confidence to use all of the track, especially in qualifying where even the smallest of margins count. "Having such good momentum at the moment, I think a penalty would really take a lot of the wind out of our sails". We did the best we could with it.
Grosjean's qualifying lasted only a few seconds.
Vettel ended Q1 on top ahead of the Finn with Hamilton third, but it was tense for McLaren as twice former champion Fernando Alonso squeezed into Q2 at the end in 14th place ahead of team mate Stoffel Vandoorne.
Red Bull's decision to lock themselves in to starting the race on the fast but brittle hypersoft after running the compound on both their cars in Q2 throws a curveball in to Sunday's opening stint given both Ferrari and Mercedes are starting on a harder compound, the ultrasoft. "Mercedes look very quick there, but I think we are not too far away so it was just, in general, a positive day".
It was the second time this season Verstappen has failed to finish.
Mercedes were first out in Q3 and smashed the records, Bottas topping Hamilton in 1:10.857 before Vettel beat that.