George Russell has publicly apologised to Valtteri Bottas and his group for the crash involving the pair at Imola yesterday, and his response to it.
The Williams driver and Mercedes junior group member furiously criticised Bottas after the pair made contact at excessive velocity throughout the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix, resulting in a significant crash which put each drivers out of the race.
Russell, who has been tipped as a possible substitute for Bottas at Mercedes subsequent 12 months, was seen confronting his rival and tapping Bottas’ crash helmet after the collision.
He later stated he had requested Bottas “if he was making an attempt to kill us each”. Russell additionally accused Bottas of breaking a gents’s settlement by shifting in direction of his automobile as he drew alongside, and steered the Mercedes driver wouldn’t have completed the identical towards one other rival.
On Monday he issued an apology for his actions on social media. “Yesterday wasn’t my proudest day,” he stated.
“I knew it might be one in every of our greatest alternatives to attain factors this season and, when these factors matter as a lot as they do to us proper now, typically you’re taking dangers. It didn’t repay and I’ve to take accountability for that.
“Having had time to replicate on what occurred afterwards, I do know I ought to have dealt with the entire state of affairs higher. Feelings can run excessive within the warmth of the second and yesterday mine bought the higher of me.
“I apologise to Valtteri, to my group and to anybody who felt let down by my actions. That’s not who I’m and I count on extra from myself, as I do know others count on extra from me.
“I’ve realized some robust classes this weekend and can come out of this a greater driver and a greater individual for the expertise. Now it’s full give attention to Portugal and an opportunity to indicate what I’m actually about. Thanks for all of the messages, each optimistic and damaging. They’ll all assist me to develop.”
Mercedes group principal Toto Wolff stated each drivers bore some accountability for the collision, however criticised Russell for making an “aggressive” move on a Mercedes car. Nonetheless System 1 motorsport director Ross Brawn sided with Russell, saying Bottas had left him “nowhere to go” prior to the contact between the pair.
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