George Russell Apologizes To Bottas For Reaction After The Crash - Imola GP
George Russell releases an apology for his actions yesterday regarding the massive collision with Valtteri Bottas
During the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, we saw countless dramas, spins, and fights for numerous places throughout the grid. However, there was one moment that shook the whole entire fandom and crowd. Valtteri Bottas did not have the ideal weekend, the Finn qualified in P8 while his teammate, Lewis Hamilton, qualified on pole position. When he was running in P10 during the race, his former Bahrain teammate and current William’s driver, George Russell, tried to overtake him for P9. However, the conditions were slippery and slightly tight, Russell went to pass the Mercedes, however, he lost control in doing so, his Williams slammed into the side of Valtteri’s car and sent both drivers off the road and into the barriers at an immense speed. The cars slammed into the barriers, resulting in a massive shunt, thankfully they both escaped unharmed.
The red-flagged crash left debris all over the track, with both of the drivers left winded and in shock. George Russell jumped out of his destroyed William's first, walked towards Valtteri’s car, and told Bottas "What were you trying to kill us?” This message set off Bottas, and he showed the middle finger to George, Russell returned by slapping his helmet and walking off in anger. This started a rage among Formula 1 fans. Many argue whether it was Valteris or George’s fault. Many said Valtteri moved slightly and didn’t give George any space, but others said that he did, and many say that George lost control, and you can hear the engine rev high before he crashed into the Mercedes. Whether it was Valterri’s or George's fault, many agreed that what Russell did and said after the crash was unacceptable behavior.
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“Between all the drivers we’ve had this gentleman’s agreement where if there’s a faster car approaching with the DRS you don’t jolt the steering wheel at the very last moment," he explained. "I got the slipstream, and just as I pulled out, Valtteri moved very slightly and that just put me off line and put me onto the wet stuff. George explained.
Bottas responded by saying he didn't understand his move. From my point of view I stopped for the dry tyres and it was a bit of a struggle to get them to work,” he explained. “George got close and decided to go for a move. Obviously, the track is quite narrow and there’s only one dry line and he went from the outside. There was space all the time for two cars, but it didn’t make any sense that move – he obviously lost it and hit me. I haven’t spoken to him. I couldn’t hear a thing he was on about (when Russell went up to him). I don’t really get it. It was clearly his fault and I don’t understand the rage.” This crash evidently resulted in the drivers blaming each other for the damage caused.
Mercedes Team Principal, Toto Wolff, was set to speak to both of the drivers after the race, he was furious with the actions displayed. Since George is in line for a Mercedes seat in the future, Toto would have a chat with both of them. Toto Wolff said George Russell had "lots to learn" after he clashed with Valtteri Bottas at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. Wolff also explained that neither driver was 100 percent to blame, but he also believes that Russell should have thought about his role in the Mercedes program before endeavoring such a risky move on a Mercedes. The stewards have also released the statement that the crash has resulted in no further action. This specific clash caused much controversy in the world of Formula 1.
However, George Russell has now recently released a statement on Instagram apologizing for his actions and apologizing to Valterri Bottas. The Britt also revealed that the crash was probably not Valtteri’s fault” but stands by his opinion that he was not wrong to go for the overtake.