The pair had been preventing for ninth place on lap 31, Russell making an attempt to overhaul Bottas on the run to Tamburello. As Russell drew alongside he touched the grass and spun into Bottas, sending him straight into the guardrail that ran down the straight earlier than each ended their races within the gravel.
Russell mentioned Bottas pushed him ”onto the wet patch” off the observe floor. He confronted Bottas on the scene of the crash, saying afterwards he requested Bottas “if he was making an attempt to kill us each”.
Bottas dismissed Russell’s declare he brought about the collision by jinking in the direction of him as he handed.
“I don’t see it that approach in any respect. I didn’t make any sudden strikes,” Bottas mentioned. “I feel it’s fairly clear from his onboard as nicely, I all the time left the house.
“From my facet, it was clear, and naturally I’m defending, I’m not going to make any room for him. But additionally after I race, I’ve respect. So I see it otherwise than him.”
Russell recommended Bottas had not given him ample respect on the observe. “We’re going at 200 miles an hour, it’s essential respect the velocity and the situations,” the Williams driver mentioned.
Bottas insisted he drove in response to the principles. “I used to be clearly defending my place,” he mentioned. “I feel he had stopped two laps earlier, so he acquired his tyres heat already,” Bottas defined. “And I used to be scuffling with the warm-up.
“I knew in that place it’s fairly difficult to overhaul, so I attempted to ensure that I don’t make house for him, but in addition be sure that I had no less than one automotive’s width of house by the rules. He went for it and misplaced it and hit me, and it was recreation over.”
The stewards dominated neither driver was responsible and took no motion over the incident.
Mercedes concern the crash may imply Bottas wants a replacement chassis for the Portuguese Grand Prix in two weeks’ time. Workforce principal Toto Wolff mentioned Mercedes-contracted Williams driver Russell’s tried overtake was “was too aggressive considering that it was a Mercedes” he was up in opposition to.
Bottas revealed that Wolff can be “going to in all probability converse with [Russell] in some unspecified time in the future as nicely” in regards to the crash. Russell is broadly thought of within the paddock to be within the operating for a 2022 Mercedes seat after standing in for Lewis Hamilton throughout final 12 months’s Sakhir Grand Prix and placing in a starring efficiency earlier than returning to Williams for a 3rd season.
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