Schumacher Blasts Bottas’ “Attitude” After Russell Crash in Imola

Published 04/20/2021, 12:05 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 15, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


In the aftermath of his crash with George Russell, the general F1 community sided with Valtteri Bottas and acquitted him of the blame that Russell originally lay upon him. But that doesn’t take away from his disappointing performance in Imola.

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A number of fans and pundits were still keen on admonishing the Finn for the way he conducted himself on and off the track. “I didn’t like his attitude in the interviews that followed,” said the Sky Sports F1 Germany Pundit, Ralf Schumacher.

(Quotes translated from German using Google)

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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

“In general, he has to ask himself why he had to defend himself against a Williams while lying deep in midfield. He’s been on a similar level to Hamilton so many times, but he’s a long way off at the moment.”

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The former F1 driver is not wrong in his assessment. To some extent, the crash took away the focus from the terrible weekend that he was already having. Ralf believes that Bottas will soon be a dead man walking at Mercedes if he does not find his form.

“At Mercedes they try to explain it with a lack of grip on Botta’s rear axle – for me, the entire Valtteri Bottas package currently lacks grip. There has to be more to come, otherwise, he will quickly be sidelined.”

‘Valtteri Bottas is making steps backwards’ – Toto Wolff

Although Toto Wolff was in a light mood after the race, it must not have pleased him when he learned of the extent of damage that Bottas’ W12 suffered in the crash. With a budget cap ($145 Million) in place, every penny is important to them.

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He does not blame Valtteri for wreaking such havoc; however, he does fault him for finding himself in that position in the first place. He should not be fighting for positions with a Williams car.

“I’m not sure who’s to blame for the incident. But the race did not go well for him, he’s making steps backwards,” Toto Wolff pulled no punches. (h:t- Sky Italia)

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 27, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas after qualifying in third place Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

Needless to say, he has to recover from this downturn in form. Or the driver who crashed into him could very well be taking his place in the Mercedes garage.

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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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