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Russell apologises to Bottas & Williams, takes responsibility of clash

The British released a statement in less than 24 hours of the incident.

3w ago

George Russell has come out with a statement to put back the F1 Imola GP heat by apologising to Valtteri Bottas and Williams.

Emotions were high after the F1 Imola GP, where Williams' Russell came all guns blazing on Mercedes' Bottas for the small twitch the Finn had, which resulted in a heavy shunt. The Brit agreed that he had every right to defend, but he felt, he did a bit too much.

In fact, Russell also hinted that Bottas did it because it was the British racer at his side and any other, he wouldn't have done it. The Finn, categorically, put it down, while Toto Wolff called it 'bullshit' straight-up. The Brit's reaction wasn't hailed by many.

Russell noted that he will discuss with Wolff and Bottas during this week and it seems like, the talks have taken place, with the Williams F1 driver releasing a small statement after a reflection of 24 hours on it. He apologised the Finn and also his own outfit.

"Yesterday wasn't my proudest day," wrote Russell. "I knew it would be one of our best opportunities to score points this season and, when those points matter as much as they do to us right now, sometimes you take risks. It didn't pay off and l have to take responsibility for that.

"Having had time to reflect on what happened afterwards, I know I should have handled the whole situation better. Emotions can run high in the heat of the moment and yesterday mine got the better of me. I apologise to Valtteri, to my team and to anyone who felt let down by my actions.

"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 on 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."

[Image courtesy: Williams Racing] [Note: This story was written on FormulaRapida.net]

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Comments (6)

  • Good to see he owned up to the mistake

      21 days ago
  • I thought the accident was 50/50. A classic racing incident. George's behaviour afterwards wasn't great. But understandable given those circumstances. The apology and owning up to it was pure class.

    Now that part is out of the way. Attentions may now turn to Valteri and why he was so far back in the pack in the first place.

      21 days ago
    • Did you watch the race or are you blind I'm a Russel fan and it was 100% his fault

        21 days ago
    • Yes, I did watch the race. No need to be rude. If it was "100% George's fault" then the Stewards would have applied a penalty. They didn't. They ruled racing incident.

        21 days ago
  • George is an old soul. Very mature for his age.

      21 days ago