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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

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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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Photo Credit: News.com.au

“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.

Yesterday wasn’t my proudest day... I apologise to Valtteri, to my team and to anyone who felt let down by my actions

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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.

“That’s not who I am and I expect more from myself, as I know others expect more from me. I’ve learned some tough lessons this weekend and will come out of this a better driver and a better person for the experience. Now it’s full focus for Portugal and a chance to show what I’m really about. Thanks for all the messages, both positive and negative. They will all help me to grow.”

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Comments (15)

  • Good he owned up to actions and apologised but not doing him any favours for him whatsoever but I understand if he did it out of blind rage in which we all had at some point

      17 days ago
  • He should have some sort of penalty for ~

    1. Causing the crash

    2. Seeking out the other driver to verbally harass him.

    3. Physically assaulting the other driver.

    The duplicity Russell showed in his statement about "gentleman's agreements" is laughable.

    I am completely disgusted, and hope that the only car Toto Wolf ever gives Russell is a Renault Clio.

      17 days ago
    • I feel like there should have been some penalty as well, i don’t know why the FIA concluded nothing from that crash

        17 days ago
  • It was clearly Russell s fault in my opinion

      17 days ago
  • I'm very angry - This statement looks forced to me and tone in which George has written all this shows that he is under some serious pressure. Hope it doesn't harm his career with Mercedes. Also, if Merc don't treat him well, some other team might snap him and Toto might be left rueing his missed chance. Probably be if

    Merc and Toto work out why young George was so close to one of their cars (especially the second car), rather than making him issue this kind of forced statement.

    Sorry Toto but we aren't friends anymore!

      17 days ago
    • I doubt it would put George’s seat in harm, i think Toto understands he is young and that everyone makes mistakes, but i guess you can say this moment didn’t do him any good. George is under this massive pressure now, i have to agree with that,...

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        17 days ago
  • Good. I feel the crash was 50-50 but Russell lost some of my respect for going and insulting Bottas like that.

      17 days ago
    • Insulting VB? It was VB who gave him the finger as well as the reason for the crash....

        17 days ago
    • He did, but only because Russell stormed out and went straight to him. Classic case of "he started iittt" - and I feel what Russell did was more insulting than giving the finger.

        17 days ago