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Russell: I apologize to Valtteri and anyone who felt let down by my actions

IMOLA, ITALY – APRIL 15: George Russell of Great Britain and Williams talks in a Drivers Press Conference during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari on April 15, 2021 in Imola, Italy. (Photo by Laurent Charniaux – Pool/Getty Images)

George Russell has released a statement on social media apologizing to Valtteri Bottas about his reactions to yesterday’s crash with the Finn at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Multiple comments were exchanged between Russell, Bottas, and Wolff regarding the incident, with the discussion being on who’s to blame for the crash which was deemed as a racing incident by the stewards.

However, the Williams driver now apologizes for how he handled the situation after the crash.

“Yesterday wasn’t my proudest of days,” Russell said. “I knew it would be one of our best opportunities to score points this season and, when those points matter as much as they do to us right now, sometimes you take risks.

“It didn’t pay off and I have to take responsibility for that. Having had time to reflect on what happened afterwards, I know I should have handled the whole situation better.

“Emotions can run high in the heat of the moment and yesterday mine got the better of me.

“I apologize to Valtteri, to my team and to anyone who felt down by my actions. That’s not who I am and I expect more from me. I’ve learned some tough lessons this weekend and will come out of this as a better driver and a better person for the experience.

“Now it’s full focus on Portugal and a chance to show what I’m really about. Thanks for all the messages, both positive and negative. They will all help me to grow,” he concluded.

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