Components 1 motorsport director Ross Brawn has sided with George Russell over his spectacular race-ending collision with Valtteri Bottas.
The pair made contact on the method to Tamburello as Russell was attempting to overhaul Bottas. Whereas the stewards dominated neither driver was accountable for the crash which put each out of the race, Brawn echoed Russell’s view that Bottas was at fault.
“Imola is sort of a slim observe so there’s not a lot area,” mentioned Brawn, “While you add moist grass both facet from the rain, it turns into very, very difficult.
“I’m positive each drivers will analyse the incident and study from it nevertheless it did appear to be Valtteri drifted throughout and left George nowhere to go.”
The feedback of Brawn, who was Mercedes staff principal till 2013, distinction sharply with these of his successor. Toto Wolff mentioned each drivers have been accountable for the collision and made it clear he took a dim view of Russell, a Mercedes junior driver, racing as arduous as he did in opposition to one of many works staff’s vehicles.
“There’s by no means such a scenario in life the place one is one hundred pc accountable and the opposite zero,” mentioned Wolff. “The entire scenario ought to have by no means occurred.
“Valtteri had a foul first 30 laps and shouldn’t have been there. However George ought to have by no means launched into this manoeuvre, contemplating that the observe was drying up, it meant taking dangers and the opposite automobile is a Mercedes in entrance of him. And in any driver’s growth, for a younger driver, you could by no means lose this world perspective.”
Requested about Russell’s suggestion that Bottas, whose future at Mercedes past this season is doubtful, wouldn’t have raced as arduous in opposition to one other driver, Wolff responded: “That’s bullshit.”
Whereas Russell was strongly essential of Bottas within the speedy aftermath of the crash, he later accepted his rival was “probably not” in the wrong. Nonetheless, he stood by his view that Bottas may have completed extra to keep away from the crash.
“The observe was going left, he was going straight,” mentioned Russell. “It’s seen a lot clearer on the CCTV footage that we noticed.
“He’s entitled to do this however in these circumstances with one dry line, it had one end result, and that was unlucky. His manoeuvre was throughout the guidelines and inside his proper nevertheless it may have been prevented and there ought to have been a bit extra respect for the pace and the circumstances for my part.”
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