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Imola crash is “history”, says Bottas

Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) in Imola 2021. Credits: Daimler.

Two weeks ago, a serious crash occurred between Valtteri Bottas and George Russell in Imola. Finding a “culprit” for the incident is very difficult, and opinions differ widely.

For Bottas the accident is “done” and he doesn’t want to think about it anymore, it would be “time to look forward”.

The two drivers had a violent collision two weeks ago when Russell hit the grass at top speed and crashed into the Finn’s car on the right. And opinions differ widely on the matter. Many say that it was Bottas’ fault because he came out too far to the right after the small left-hand bend and didn’t give the Brit enough space, while others say that Russell was to blame because he wanted to overtake at a point where it was too narrow.

The two drivers accused each other after the race that the other was responsible for the accident. There was also a small argument between the two at the scene of the accident.

Russell now said he plans to call the Finn and settle the matter in the process. Originally, the Williams driver said that Bottas had behaved differently against other drivers. This claim is due to the fact that Russell is a member of the Mercedes junior program and is seen as a potential successor to the Finn at Mercedes.

Bottas now said on Thursday that he had not spoken to Russell since there was a conversation with the stewards after the accident. He also wants to put the matter behind him and focus on racing again.

“I heard about his post and apology, and I read it. But yeah, to be honest, we haven’t spoken after the race, after the stewards. I did have a missed call on the Monday morning, but I was still sleeping. We haven’t spoken, but I’m sure it’s the same for George, it’s done and dusted. It’s history, and there was no decision by the stewards. George apologized, and it’s time to move on.”

George Russell said that in hindsight his actions after the crash were a “very weak decision” and that he has already spoken to Toto Wolff, giving him his view of the accident.

Bottas had also talked to Wolff after the race, but he wanted to focus on the next races and just move on.

“We had a chat after, just to go through the situation which is normal. But apart from that, we agreed to take the positives and learn from the negatives and move on. Kind of one to forget really. One positive for sure is it was only race two of the season, and there are 21 to go.”

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