Sebastian Vettel has labelled his near-miss with team-mate Lance Stroll during the São Paulo Grand Prix sprint as being "a bit hairy".
The German started the 24-lap event 13th and eventually moved his way through to ninth with late moves on Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly, though ran out of time to chase down a point for eighth place.
But during his charge, Vettel was forced to overtake Stroll in a tense battle.
Exiting turn three, Vettel tried to steal a march down the inside for the run into turn four but Canadian Stroll moved across, forcing the four-time world champion onto the grass.
Stroll's actions earned him a 10-second time penalty that leaves him provisionally 16th on the grid for Sunday's grand prix proper.
This move came just two races after Stroll received a three-place grid penalty for causing a heavy collision with Fernando Alonso at the United States Grand Prix.
Addressing his race, Vettel said: "We were making progress, we started 13th and finished ninth.
"I had a good start and then really didn't know where to go, I was a bit stuck and then had a good couple of opening laps with Daniel [Ricciardo], that was a lot of fun.
"After, it was a bit close with Lance but I think we work together.
"It is tough, you lose time when you are fighting but I seemed to be stronger and then I was able to pass Esteban fairly comfortably and even caught Pierre and with a couple more laps I could have even overtaken Kevin [Magnussen] as well."
Providing insight to his excursion alongside Stroll, Vettel added: "It was tight, obviously we don't see as well as you do on the camera.
"The gap closed and I was half off the track which was a bit hairy. But fortunately, I was able to rejoin."