George Russell Issues An Apology following accident with Valtteri Bottas at at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix
Yesterday was only the second race of the 2021 Formula 1 season and we all saw the big crash between George Russell and Valtteri Bottas.
The cars collided with both of them out of the race – resulting in a red flag. A disappointing result for George Russell who could have had a points finish.
After the crash, we saw George Russell get out of his car and making his way over to Valtteri Bottas – Russell nudged Bottas’ helmet with Bottas swearing at Russell.
Let’s not forget, these two raced together as ‘team-mates’ when Russell stepped in to cover for Hamilton last year.
Following the crash, the stewards (who have a vast amount of footages and camera angles to look through) came to the conclusion that neither driver was to blame and took no action.
Despite this, we have now seen that George Russell has issued a public apology through his social media, which you can see below.
George Russell: “Yesterday wasn’t my proudest day. I knew it would be one of our best opportunities to score points this season and, when those points matter as much as they do to us right now, sometimes you take risks. It didn’t pay off and I have to take responsibility for that.”
“Having has time to reflect on what happened afterwards, I know I should have handled the situation better. Emotions can run high and in the heat of the moment and yesterday mine got the better of me.”
“I apologise to Valtteri, to my team and to anyone who felt let down by my actions. That’s not who I am and I expect more from myself, as I know others expect more from me. I’ve learned some tough lessons this weekend and will come out of this a better driver and a better person for the experience.”
“Now, it’s full focus on Portugal and a chance to show what I’m really about. Thanks for all the messages, both positive and negative. They will all help me grow.”