Lewis Hamilton Consoles George Russell After Nightmare Imola F1 Race

Published 04/20/2021, 3:30 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: ART Grand Prix Formula 2 driver George Russell of Great Britain and Williams F1 and Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP talk in the Drivers Press Conference during previews ahead of the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit on November 22, 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)


On Sunday, the Mercedes team endured a horrible day in the office. Firstly, Lewis Hamilton squandered a chance to win when he seemed to mimic Sebastian Vettel’s infamous 2018 Hockenheim moment. Luckily, Hamilton was able to extricate himself from the gravel and continue onwards. However, things got worse for Mercedes after Valtteri Bottas and George Russell tangled and crashed out.

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Obviously, Russell was furious with Bottas, and Bottas was equally furious with the Williams F1 driver. This means that, they blamed each other, despite the FIA noting the crash as a racing incident. In the aftermath of the coming together, a much calmer Russell was able to reflect on the crash.

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Hamilton responded, “Strength comes from vulnerability. If you don’t make the mistake you can never learn the lesson. Respect for taking responsibility. On to the next one”

What did George Russell say about the crash?

The young Briton confessed that Sunday was not exactly his proudest moment. However, he acknowledged that it was probably his and the team’s best chances of scoring points in 2021. George Russell insisted that he had to take risks, because the points mattered a lot to him and the Williams F1 team.

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

Sadly, it did not reap any rewards, and he had to take responsibility for the collision. Russell admitted that he should have handled the whole situation better than he did. Obviously, emotions were high in the heat of the moment and he also suffered from a bout of red mist.

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The Briton expressed his sincere apologies towards Valtteri Bottas and the Williams team. He declared that that was not who he was, and he expected more from himself. There were harsh lessons to be learned, but he is confident that he will come out of this saga as a better driver and person.

Now he is going to train his full focus on the coming race in Portugal. This will certainly give him a chance to move on and redeem himself.

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