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Bottas defends Imola crash actions, says Russell has “quite a theory”

18 April 2021, Italy, Imola: Motorsport: Formula One World Championship, Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix, race. Valtteri Bottas from Finland of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team sits on the fence after the accident with Williams driver Russell. Photo: Hasan Bratic/dpa (Photo by Hasan Bratic/picture alliance via Getty Images)

After an impressive crash between Valtteri Bottas and George Russell that caused the Imola GP to be red-flagged, Bottas says Russell has “quite a theory” as the Brit blames him.

Russell stated that “if it was another driver, he [Bottas] wouldn’t have” defended so aggressively.

Replying to his comments, Bottas said: “Sorry, I lost my aluminum foil hat somewhere. It’s quite a theory.

“I’m always going to defend to any driver, I’m not keen to lose any positions. That was normal defending. It could have been a lot more aggressive if needed.

“I don’t agree with any of that at all. I was doing my thing. No matter who I would have been defending, it would have been exactly the same.

“Obviously he knew exactly that it was going to be damp there because we have gone there lap after lap. And I knew as well, and it was just not a lace to go in those conditions on slicks.

“But he still went there. It was his choice to go there, I was doing my job trying to defend, and I’m not going to move away and give him the dry patch back. That’s how it goes.”

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