After a terrific crash with Valtteri Bottas on this Sunday’s race, William’s George Russell admitted he wants to have a call with Valtteri Bottas this week, in order to clean the air.
Russell and Bottas collided at almost 320 kilometers per hour this Sunday at Imola. Both drivers came out of the crash unhurt but were under shock and they now probably both regret their gestures right after the incident.
The Williams driver was recently named director of the Grand Prix driver association, and, therefore, has to keep it professional and be on good terms with his opponents, in order to stay credible in front of them. This is probably one of the main reasons why George Russell wants to clear the affair and reconcile with the Finn driver.
The Briton, however, justifies his yesterday’s anger saying that when you have an accident at these kinds of speeds, you cannot get out of the car without emotions, and sometimes, you have to release it.
“My anger towards him at the time was more that I thought he put us both in harm’s way and it was an incredibly scary incident to be honest, at that speed,” Russell said.
“Fortunately we both walked away from it with no battle cars. But obviously, it could have been very different.”
“We’re all racers. We’re all battling for position. And at the moment it’s incredibly disappointing, sour, for all of us. You know, your heart stops for a moment when you crash at over 200 miles an hour. You just don’t know what’s going to happen.”
Nonetheless, Russell admitted that after watching the replay, he cannot really blame Bottas for what he did and said that the crash was definitely avoidable.
“Obviously in the heat of the moment, there are a lot of emotions, but I’ve got no intentions to hold any grudges or have any bad relationship with any driver on the grid.”
“I mean it is in my intentions to clear the air with him. I’m sure we will probably have a phone call this week just to put it behind us and move on.”