After a high-speed heavy crash that involved Valtteri Bottas and George Russell, the latter complained about his rival asking him if “he was trying to kill us both.”
The two drivers crashed into each other while going towards Turn 1. Since they were going extremely fast, the contact caused a huge incident that forced them to retire. Luckily, they both got away without any injuries.
After the collision, Russell accused Bottas of suddenly moving while being overtaken, which then caused the crash.
“I was coming up on Valtteri massively fast,” Russell explained. “I had the slipstream, I had the DRS, and just as I pulled out, he jolted very slightly to the right.
“Which is a tactical defense that drivers in the past used to do. There was a Verstappen maneuver in 2015 which led to a gentlemen’s agreement that is not what you do because it’s incredibly dangerous.
“In completely dry conditions I would have been fine, but he just put me onto the wet patch, and I lost it. So an unfortunate incident, but we’re going at 200 miles an hour, and you need to respect the speed and the conditions. One of those things.”
Right after the crash, Russell went to Bottas, who was still sitting in his car, and asked him if “he was trying to kill us both”, said George. “We were going incredibly fast. We know the conditions.”
“In his eyes, he’s not fighting for anything. A P9 for him is nothing, but for us, it’s everything. I’m going for the move. The move would have been absolutely easy. There’s absolutely no reason to jolt like that.
“There’s a gentlemen’s agreement between the drivers. We’ve always said it’s going to cause a massive collision one day, and here we are.”
Finally, Russell also said that he believes that if Bottas were fighting another driver, he would not have done that move. He said this because the English driver has been linked to a Mercedes seat in the future, which would mean that Valtteri would be out from Mercedes.
“We’re both grown men. We’ll have a conversation and talk about it let the heat’s died down a bit. I’m sure he’s upset and frustrated with me as I am with him. The faintest of movements when you’re traveling at 200 miles an hour is quite a massive thing.
“More so, it’s not just the speed, it’s the speed difference. I was probably going 30 miles an hour quicker than him, and about to overtake him, and perhaps if it was another driver he wouldn’t have done that.”