‘Respect the Speed, Conditions’ – George Russell’s Message to Bottas After Furious Imola Outburst

Published 04/18/2021, 11:05 AM EDT
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


Disaster struck on lap 32 of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. George Russell, in his Williams, was bidding to overtake Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas. But all of it unraveled as the two had a high-speed collision on the start-finish straight. And Russell is not biting his tongue.

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As soon as he got of his damaged car, he proceeded to confront Bottas. The heated exchange ended in him tapping the Finn on his helmet as he laid stationary inside his car. He’s since taken to Twitter to further his take on their crash.

“Thanks for all the messages. I’m fine, just disappointed. At the end of the day, it’s an unfortunate incident. You’re entitled to defend your position. But at 330kph, you have to respect the speed and the conditions when doing so. Gutted for the team. They deserved more today.”

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Cleary, he is frustrated to not get a result here. He recently called this weekend as Williams‘ best chance to record points finish. And he was on course, running in 10th place and on the cusp of overtaking Bottas for ninth before disaster struck.

On the main straight, it appeared that Bottas slightly changed his line as Russell came close to him. This prompted Russell to take a precautionary reaction and move to the right. His wheels touched the grass, and he lost control of his car, spinning into Bottas sideways.

Twitter’s reaction to George Russell-Valtteri Bottas crash

Twitter had a field day with this crash. For the 2022 season, it is believed that the duo are contesting for the second Mercedes seat. They were also teammates in Sakhir when Russell outclassed Bottas.

The general consensus is that Bottas is to blame for their Imola clash. Most fans felt sympathy for George Russell, who simply can’t manage to get a points finish in his Williams career.

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This incident brought out the red flag as the FIA suspended the race. This was done to ensure that the marshalls could safely carry their stricken cars off the track. The race had then resumed, with Max Verstappen winning the race and Hamilton recovering to take second ahead of Lando Norris.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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