Brawn Hints at Bottas Being Responsible For Huge F1 Crash With Russell at Imola

Published 04/20/2021, 7:20 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 15, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas walks around the track ahead of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane


This past weekend at Imola saw a horrible crash between George Russell and Valtteri Bottas. Russell was chasing down the Mercedes driver but didn’t expect Bottas to make a sudden move. It resulted in them crashing, putting an end to their race. Ross Brawn, managing director of F1, has stated the incident will be looked into.

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The Williams driver was trying to take 9th place from Bottas, Russell pushed the limits too hard, which saw take out the Mercedes. Fortunately, both Russell and Bottas came out of the accident unhurt.

F1 boss states the incident between Valtteri Bottas and Russell will be looked into

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Russell feels he wasn’t at fault since he had the faster car and DRS was available. However, Bottas concurs and feels George is to be blamed for causing the crash.

Brawn said, “There will no doubt be an intense post-mortem of the accident between Valtteri Bottas and George Russell. The positive thing is that both drivers escaped unhurt and the cars held up on impact to show how far we’ve come regarding the safety standards.”

Imola is quite a narrow track so there’s not much space. When you add wet grass either side from the rain, it becomes very, very tricky. I’m sure both drivers will analyse the incident and learn from it but it did look like Valtteri drifted across and left George nowhere to go,” Bottas concluded.

Bottas doesn’t think he was at fault for the accident

The Emilia Romagna Grand Prix saw a horrible crash between Bottas and Russell as they were fighting for position. In a blink of an eye, both were in the gravel with their cars totally wrecked.

As quoted by The Race, Bottas stated, “No, I don’t see it that way. I didn’t make any sudden moves. I think it’s quite clear from his onboard as well, and [he was] always left the space.”

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Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 18, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and Williams’ George Russell in action during the race REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

So no from my side it was clean, and of course I’m defending, I’m not going to make any room for him. But also when I race I have respect. I see it differently,” he concluded.

Bottas didn’t bring any points for Mercedes this weekend at Imola, but the Finn hopes to bounce back for the next race at Portugal. He will look to make sure there is enough room so that such an accident doesn’t repeat itself.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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