Daniel Ricciardo picked up his first podium of the season but team-mate Max Verstappen didn't fare as well, crashing out at the first corner of the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday.
In addition to meeting Raikkonen, Thomas also joined the Ferrari mechanics beneath the podium to watch Raikkonen's team-mate Sebastian Vettel receive his trophy for finishing behind race victor Lewis Hamilton.
Bottas' slight nudge of Raikkonen caused a chain-reaction, sending Raikkonen into Verstappen. "I had a good start but still on the straight I got blocked once by Bottas, I had to lift a little bit and go to the left".
Red Bull Racing driver Max Verstappen says that Kimi Raikkonen was not to blame for the contact that resulted in both drivers retiring from the race.
However, at the end of a qualifying session which saw him finish fourth for the third time this year, the Ferrari driver was uncharacteristically self-critical.
Contact between Bottas & Raikkonen lead to the Ferrari changing direction, and lead to a consequent further collision between the Ferrari and Red Bull.
Raikkonen felt pole position was possible but ended up fourth quickest, 0.290s off the pace of Lewis Hamilton, who pipped Vettel by just 0.051s. If Valtteri had not touched Kimi, we all would have had enough room to get through that corner. When you get hit from behind there's not much you can do, so between Max and me there was nothing I could do.
"I was inside for Turn One, Kimi came from outside and tried to overtake from there", said the Mercedes driver. "But unfortunately Valtteri touched Kimi and then Kimi couldn't control the auto and he slammed into me".
"The start was good, again, the getaway was nice and I was catching up very quickly on the guys in front". Sometimes you have a bit of luck, like last year, sometimes you don't as we can see this year. I chose to lift and go a little bit on the left to leave him space, but, I don't know how, he hit me on the right rear corner, my auto jumped and I end up going into Verstappen.