WATCH: The Uncut War of Words Between George Russell and Bottas After Imola F1 Crash

Published 04/19/2021, 4:58 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Williams’ George Russell in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

The second race of the 2021 championship is done and dusted. However, not all crossed the finish line as Valtteri Bottas had a huge crash with Williams’ George Russell. Safe to say, neither seemed happy on the team radio afterward and used quite harsh words to refer to each other.


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On lap 32 of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Russell saw an opportunity to overtake Bottas. Unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned and he ended up crashing into the latter, which ended the race for both drivers.


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While the Briton believes it was Bottas’s fault, the Finn is of the opinion that it is the Williams driver who should be blamed for causing such a horrible accident.

Heated team radio of George Russell after crashing with Bottas

The British driver was chasing down the Mercedes around the circuit, trying to get in the top ten and aim for potential points finish. But Russell pushed too hard and caused him to take out Bottas, thus putting an end to their night.

A frustrated Bottas said on the team radio, “What a f**king.” Russell was more furious on the team radio and said, “What the f**k was he doing? Honestly! Is he a f***king p***k or what?”

Russell feels that Bottas broke the most sacred rule in Formula One

Russell believes that before the crash, he had the faster car and also had the DRS available. Given the situation, he believes that Valtteri broke the Gentlemen’s code and his small move cost the drivers heavily.

In the post-race interview, Russell said, “Between all the drivers we’ve had this gentleman’s agreement where if there’s a faster car approaching with the DRS you don’t jolt the steering wheel at the very last moment.

“I got the slipstream, and just as I pulled out, Valtteri moved very slightly and that just put me off line and put me onto the wet stuff.”

He added, “In perfectly dry conditions on a very ordinary circuit it’s dangerous, let alone on a very narrow circuit when we are turning and there are wet patches. So an unfortunate incident, but it’s been inevitable an incident like that would occur when drivers make small moves like this.


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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

“It’s the smallest of moves, but when you’re going at 220mph and you’re going 30mph quicker than the car ahead, it’s massive,” Russell concluded.

The Grove-based team didn’t take home any points this weekend, as both Latifi and Russell were unable to finish the race. The next race of the season takes us to Portugal, where the team hope to have a better result.


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