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Brown: Bottas left Russell nowhere to go in Imola crash

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Formula 1 Motorsport director Rodd Brawn has said Valtteri Bottas left George Russell “nowhere to go” during the crash at the Imola Grand Prix.

Both drivers made contact at Tamburello as Russell was trying to overtake Bottas. The stewards later ruled that the incident was a racing incident, and neither party was blamed. However, Brawn thinks the incident is more a fault of Bottas, as he says the Finn left Russell “nowhere to go.”

“Imola is quite a narrow track so there’s not much space,” he said. “When you add wet grass either side from the rai, it becomes very, very tricky.

“I’m sure both drivers will analyze the incident and learn from it but it did look like Valtteri drifted across and left George nowhere to go.”

The discussion about the incident has been heated since it happened, with both drivers blaming each other and the Mercedes team principal going out against Russell in defense of his driver, saying the suggestion that Bottas was at fault is “bullshit.”

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