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Imola crash looks “very, very different” on replays, says Russell

George Russell at the Emilia Romagna GP. Credits: Williams Racing.

George Russell admits that his nasty crash with Valtteri Bottas at the Emilia Romgna GP looks in other way from different perspective.

The main talking point after Sunday’s Emilia Romagna GP was the big shunt, involving Valtteri Bottas and George Russell. Both drivers showed dissatisfaction with each other’s actions right after the incident as well as at the post-race interviews. However, the Williams driver changed his opinion after seeing the replay footage of the crash, stating that it was not Bottas’ fault.

“When you can review everything and look at it in slow motion and everything, and from certain camera angles, it all looks very, very different,” Russell said.

“One camera angle makes it look one way, another camera angle, like I said, when you watch it from behind on the CCTV footage it looked quite clear, in a different opinion.”

“Could it have been avoided? Yes. Was Valtteri in the wrong? Probably not,” he added.

Russell still was disappionted with the fact that the crash happened at such high speeds in quite a dangerous spot under difficult weather conditions.

“I was more frustrated because of the speed of the incident. I’ve never, ever had a crash at the end of a straight when we’re absolutely flat-out, and we’ve all seen the dangers of motorsport very recently, and to be honest, I would have reacted exactly the same had it been battling for the win, battling for ninth or battling for last. Because I just thought it was unnecessary and it was avoidable,” he remarked.

“As I said, Valtteri did nothing that was outside the rules, but you have to take an element of responsibility and consideration into the fact of the conditions.”

“There’s certain things you can do in certain ways when everything’s stable, but when it’s a damp track, there is a kink, and you’re pushing someone towards the grass, onto the damp patches at over 200 miles an hour. There is a high risk of an incident, and that is why I was very disappointed because I just thought that was beyond a lack of respect, really, not towards me, but just a lack of respect towards these cars.”

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