Valtteri Bottas: George Russell thought Mercedes driver ‘had put us each in hurt’s means’

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George Russell drives behind Valtteri Bottas
Russell went for the hole approaching Tamburello on lap 32 however misplaced management, spinning and taking the Bottas with him

George Russell accused Valtteri Bottas of missing respect for the risks of System 1 after they crashed within the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Stewards determined the 200mph collision between them was a racing incident and took no disciplinary motion.

Russell mentioned: “Your coronary heart stops for a second whenever you crash at over 200mph. You do not know what is going on to occur.

“My anger in the direction of him was that I assumed he had put us each in hurt’s means.”

Williams’ Russell mentioned he had questioned whether or not Mercedes’ Bottas would have defended in a different way if he had been racing one other driver.

And he added: “His manoeuvre was inside the guidelines and inside his proper nevertheless it might have been prevented and there ought to have been a bit extra respect for the velocity and circumstances, in my view.

“Luckily, we each walked away with no battle scars nevertheless it might have been very totally different.

“It was an extremely scary incident at that velocity.”

The 2 are potential rivals for a seat at Mercedes subsequent yr, and Russell outperformed Bottas when he stood in for Lewis Hamilton for the world champions on the Sakhir Grand Prix final yr.

Bottas rejected Russell’s interpretation of the incident and his potential motivation.

The Finn mentioned: “I’m all the time going to defend towards any driver. I’m not eager to lose any positions.

“It was regular defending; it might have been much more aggressive if wanted, so I do not agree with any of that in any respect.

“I used to be doing my factor and whoever I used to be defending, it will have been precisely the identical.”

What occurred within the incident?

The crash occurred at half-distance in a rain-affected race as Russell’s Williams was difficult Bottas’ Mercedes for ninth place.

Bottas had struggled within the first half of the race and had not been capable of make any progress from his eighth place on the grid, a state of affairs Mercedes admitted they had been involved about.

He had simply come out of the pits and was battling chilly tyres, whereas Russell, in a automotive that’s often not quick sufficient to have the ability to race with a Mercedes, had stopped two laps earlier than.

The Briton went for the surface approaching the Tamburello chicane. However as Bottas edged barely to his proper to defend, the Williams caught the damp a part of the observe and spun.

Russell’s automotive collided with Bottas and the incident littered the observe with particles, bringing the race to a brief halt.

Russell went over to Bottas and remonstrated with him whereas he was nonetheless sitting within the automotive. The Finn replied with a center finger salute, after which Russell brushed his helmet along with his hand.

Bottas mentioned: “He knew it was going to be damp there and I knew as nicely and it’s simply not the place to go in these circumstances on slicks. However he nonetheless went there and it was his option to go there.

“I used to be doing my job making an attempt to defend. I’m not going to maneuver and provides him the dry a part of the observe.”

Russell mentioned: “The transfer was completely on. It was solely three-quarters of the way in which down the straight and it will have been a transparent straightforward overtake had it not been a bit of bit damp at that time.

“It wasn’t damp the place I pulled out. The observe was going left and I used to be squeezed barely to the appropriate and that is the place the dampness was. Ought to I’ve reacted as I did afterwards within the warmth of the second? In all probability not however the feelings are extremely excessive.

“It was simply an unlucky set of circumstances, which might have been prevented.

“Was Valtteri within the improper? In all probability not. Might he have performed one thing extra? Perhaps. Was I within the improper? I precipitated the crash by spinning however was I improper to go for the overtake? Completely not. It might have been silly to carry in that place.”

What did Mercedes say?

The stewards dominated that neither driver behaved erratically and that Bottas maintained his line and left a automotive’s width on his exterior as required by the rules.

They added that Russell’s automotive snapped when it hit the wetter a part of the observe partly because of the dearth of rear downforce brought on by the DRS overtaking assist being deployed.

Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff mentioned neither driver was wholly in charge however that Russell, who’s on a administration contract with the corporate, ought to have taken into consideration who he was racing.

“There may be by no means a state of affairs in life the place one is accountable and the opposite zero,” Wolff mentioned. “The entire state of affairs ought to have by no means occurred.

“Valtteri had a nasty first 30 laps and should not have been there however George ought to by no means have launched into this manoeuvre contemplating the observe drying up.

“It meant taking dangers and the opposite automotive is a Mercedes in entrance of him. In any driver’s improvement, for a younger driver, you could by no means lose this international perspective, and so tons to be taught for him, I suppose.”

Wolff rejected the declare that Bottas had reacted in a different way due to the context of him preventing Russell.

He added: “The entire state of affairs shouldn’t be amusing for us, to be sincere. It is fairly a giant shunt. Our automotive shouldn’t be going to be a complete write-off however nearly, in a cost-cap atmosphere. That’s actually not what we want and might be going to restrict upgrades we’re capable of do.

“The very fact we ended there by shedding it within the moist – as a result of there was no contact; it was shedding it within the moist and making each automobiles crash out – shouldn’t be what I anticipate to see.

“You have to see there’s a Mercedes and it’s moist. It bears a sure threat to overhaul and the chances are towards him anyway when the observe is drying up.

“I do not need him to attempt to show something to us as a result of one factor I can say understanding Valtteri for 5 years, he’s not making an attempt to show something.”





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