George Russell and Valtteri Bottas crashed during a drama-packed Imola GP on the weekend. They were battling each other for 9th place. Russell smashed into Bottas’ car when performing an overtaking manoeuvre on the first chicane. The crash caused the wet-dry race to be red-flagged after lap 32 with debris around the track.
Russell was on the verge of his first points with Williams when he crashed into Bottas. Russell explained his side of the story.
“I was coming up to Valtteri massively fast. I had the slipstream. I had the DRS.” Russell said. “And just as I pulled out, he jolted very, very slightly to the right – which is a tactical defence that drivers in the past used to do. It was sort of the Verstappen move of 2015.”
“There is a gentleman’s agreement that is not what you do because it is incredibly dangerous. In completely dry conditions I would have been fine, but it put me onto the wet patch and I lost it,” he added. “An unfortunate incident, but we’re going at 200mph. You need to respect the speed and the conditions.”
Russell was fuming after the incident and confronted Bottas when he was still in the car. Bottas then appeared to show him the middle finger. Russell is a Mercedes affiliated driver and is all but guaranteed a seat in the future. He stepped in for Hamilton last season when the latter tested positive for the coronavirus.
After George Russell and Valtteri Bottas crashed, Bottas gave his side of the story.
“It was quite a big one, at high speed,” Bottas said. “It could have been a lot worse. There was a little jink right and left from Bottas, and at that point, Russell has wandered onto the grass, the wet grass of course. George is going to say, ‘you veered right while I was alongside you and put me on the grass.'”