The Emilia Romagna Grand Prix saw disaster during the 32nd lap. Williams driver George Russell was about to overtake Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas but the two ended up in a collision. This took place at the start-finish straight and Russell is not keeping quiet about his unhappiness.
Immediately after the crash, Russell got out of his car to confront Bottas. There was a heated exchange between the two and Russell ended up tapping the Finn on his helmet while he was still in his car.
Russell then took to Twitter to express his opinion on the 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,” he tweeted.
It is clear that Russell was frustrated as he could not get any result. He was hoping this weekend would see Williams score some points.
He was running at tenth place and on the verge of overtaking Bottas for ninth when disaster struck.
On the main straight, Bottas changed his lane just as Russell was about to overtake him. As a precaution, Russell moved to the right but his wheels touched the grass. This made him lose control of his car which then crashed sideways into Bottas.
It is believed that both Bottas and Russell are competing for a seat with Mercedes in 2022. They were also teammates in Sakhir when Russell outperformed Bottas.
Twitter was in a storm after the accident. Many felt that it was Bottas who was to be blamed for the crash. Fans also felt sympathetic towards Russell who was unable to get a points finish in his Williams career.
The accident caused FIA to bring out the red flag which brought a halt in the race. Things resumed after the marshals carried the stricken cars off the track. Max Verstappen eventually won, while Hamilton recovered to take second ahead of Lando Norris.
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